I love this time of the year, when the Kidlitosphere is all abuzz with talk of the year’s best in children’s literature. This year I tried to read as much new stuff as I could get my hands on throughout the year. However, there’s something extra exciting about reading books that have been picked as the cream of the crop by other book bloggers and children’s literature aficionados. This year I’m proposing (and hosting) and challenge, which I’m calling the Armchair Cybils challenge (like an armchair quarterback, you know–we’re not the real Cybils judges, but we can try to read like them!) This is how it will work:
- Read as many or as few of the Cybils nominated titles as you care to and write up your thoughts on your blog. You can do this on a title-by-title basis or in one big ol’ post–it’s up to you!
- Come back here on the following dates to link up your Armchair Cybils posts: October 15 (your “I’m participating!” post); November 15 (reviews); December 15 (reviews); January 1 (shortlist thoughts); January 15 (reviews and thoughts); February 14 (reviews and thoughts about the winners).
See that sort of cheesy little blog button up there? I made it myself. (Can’t you tell? 😉 ) Anyway, I hope that before October 15’s post (the one where you link up your “I’m participating!” blog post) I’ll be able to share the html code so you can put it on your blog, too. I’m not too good with all this techno-stuff, but I appreciate the usefulness in spreading the word that a little linked-back button can do, so please, spread the word about this challenge however you do it–by blog, by Twitter, by Facebook, or by carrier pigeon!
So, how do you find out which books have been nominated? Here you go:
- Book Apps
- Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books
- Fantasy & Science Fiction
- Fiction Picture Books
- Graphic Novels
- Middle Grade Fiction
- Nonfiction Picture Books
- Nonfiction: Middle Grade & Young Adult
- Young Adult Fiction
This challenge is in no way affiliated with the official Cybils awards, other than being hosted by an extremely excited fan of the whole process. I’m excited! How about you?