Over at http://dadtalk.typepad.com/cybils/, the Cybils Team is gearing up for their 2008 awards! In case you didn't know, The Cybils are "the children's and young adult bloggers' literary awards." So, bloggers nominate great books published in 2008, then panelists (also bloggers) read all the nominations and come up with a shortlist (10 ish titles) of finalists, and then the judges (a final round of bloggers) pick a winner!
What you end up with is a bunch of lists of great new books that a lot of people liked!
Anyway, there are nine categories or genres in which to nominate books -- which means there will be nine shortlists and nine winners. And here's the part I'm most excited about: yours truly (as in me, Alysa) is a panelist for the Middle Grade Fiction category! So. Come October 1st y'all get over to the Cybils and nominate your favorite books published in 2008 for kids 8-12! And your other favorites too. I'll put a link in the sidebar.