Cybils 2010 Call for Judges

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.

I’m the Science Fiction and Fantasy organizer this year, as I have been for 3 out of 4 years (a shout out to the terrific [Tasha Saecker](, who took on that duty the year I couldn’t!). I’d particularly like to find people who are well-read in a variety of different SFF subgenres, and who understand the unique requirements of middle-grade or Young Adult SFF. I’ll be looking at the blogs of everyone who volunteers, but if you’re submitting yourself for consideration for the SFF panels, and you don’t feel that your blog adequately demonstrates your SFF experience, please feel free to email me at and tell me a bit about yourself. (But you still must email the cybils09 email address to get on the official volunteer list, as specified in the eligibility requirements at the link above).