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Nominate a Book App for the Cybils!

6a00d83451b06869e20192acc17a17970dNominations for the Cybils, the children’s and young adult bloggers’ literary awards, started Tuesday, October 1st and will wrap up on October 15th. That means you’ve got a little over a week left in which you–yes, YOU!–should nominate a book you think is worthy of recognition. And guess what, Little eLit-ers: there’s even a Book Apps category! Here are some basic guidelines, provided by Mary Ann Scheuer, who is overseeing the Book Apps category this year:

  • Each person can nominate one book in each category
  • Books must have been published between October 16, 2012 and October 15, 2013
  • For apps, this means they must have been originally released during this time frame
  • Book apps must be available on the iTunes App Store
  • Books must be specifically published for children and young adults

If you’ve experimented with using book apps with the children in your lives, whether at work or in your personal life, please consider nominating apps that you think provide great reading experiences for children and young adults.

Check out the Cybils FAQ for more guidelines. The description of the Book App Category can give you more information as well.

Once again: nominations run through October 15. Take a few minutes to nominate your favorite books that were published in the last year–especially your favorite book app. The Cybils are a great resource recommendation tool for many professionals, and this is your opportunity to make sure they find out about the app you love! Head to the Cybils site to find out more information.

Cybils 2013: Looking for Volunteer Judges, by Mary Ann Scheuer

Do you blog about children’s books on a regular basis? The Cybils are back and the call for judges is going on right now! You have until August 31, 2013 to apply.


The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. These awards “reward the children’s and young adult authors (and illustrators, let’s not forget them) whose books combine the highest literary merit and ‘kid appeal.’”

Book Apps!! Volunteer judges are needed for several different genre of children’s books, including iPad book apps — that’s why we want to reach out to the wonderful community here at Little eLit!

Are you interested in book apps for children? Do you contribute to a blog on a regular basis or write your own blog? If so, you should definitely consider applying to be a Cybils judge. In order to be on the book apps committee, you’ll need access to an iPad with regular wi-fi access to download books.

The nominated book apps are evaluated by a first round of 5-7 panelists from October through December. At the end of December, these panelists decide on the finalist books, the top 5-7 titles of the year. The second round of panelists then have to pick one winner from this short list.

Being a Cybils judge is a wonderful opportunity to meet others interested in children’s books and to read some of the top books in the industry. Hope to see you there.

For more information check out these links:

Mary Ann Scheuer is the chair of the Cybils Book Apps committee. She’s presented at KidLitCon about book apps with Betsy Bird and Paula Willey in 2010 and helped launch the Cybils Book App award in 2011. Mary Ann is a school librarian at Emerson Elementary School, and she blogs at Great Kid Books.