If you’re a children’s and/or YA blogger and you’d like to try your hand at serving on an awards committee, the Cybils Awards has put out the call for 2010 judges. The Cybils, short for “Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards,” is the first blogger-awarded book award, and is now going into it’s fifth year. We seek to recognize outstanding children’s and YA books that bridge the gap between literary excellence and “kid appeal.” Check out the call for judges and eligibility requirements here.
I’ve been on a first round panel for three of the last four years, and I can tell you that it’s a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. If you have the time and are crazy enough to want to read and discuss (by email) at least 3-4 books a week over a three month span, I can’t recommend it enough. Second round panelists only have to read 5 or 7 books over a six week period.