I'm a Round 1 Judge for the Cybils this year!
And I'll be judging in the graphic novels panel.
I'm super excited for this! What this means for me is that I'll be reading a lot of awesome graphic novels in the coming months -- striving to read every one that is nominated (and YOU can nominate between Oct 1-15) in my category -- and then picking my favorites. Then I'll debate with my fellow judges and we will discuss the Literary Merit and Kid Appeal of each title until we come to a consensus on 5-7 of the best graphic novels of the year! It's so fun!
What this means for you is that you'll be hearing about some of the best graphic novels here on Everead. I hope you'll read along! You can also nominate books in any category, as long as you think they are 1) super awesome and 2) published between Oct 16, 2013 and Oct 15, 2014.
The Cybils shortlists and winners lists are some of my favorite resources for finding good books. When a friend asks me for a recommendation in a genre I don't know much about, the Cybils lists are the first place I go. If you're looking to build your home library, books on these lists are a great place to start. They're current, they've got high literary merit, and they've got high kid appeal. You're guaranteed to find a book to love over there. (Read more of what I've written about the Cybils, here.)
Speaking of finding books to love...
I'm a little late on this, but I'm going to post for yesterday's Top Ten Tuesday (this lovely meme is hosted by the bloggers at Broke and Bookish). See, the prompt is...
Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More
...and using authors is another of my favorite ways to find good books!
I'm one of those bookworms that always makes note of the author's name, but I've noticed that another breed of bookworm (just as voracious as my own) doesn't usually take note of author names. It's such a great resource! So, again, if you're in the "Aquisitions" phase with your home library, grab a couple of your favorites off the shelf and head to the catalogs to find what else they've done.
In no particular order...
- Esphyr Slobodkina, author & illustrator of Caps for Sale
- Melissa Wiley, author of Fox and Crow are Not Friends
- Maud Hart Lovelace, author of Betsy-Tacy
- Linda Urban, author of A Crooked Kind of Perfect
- Martine Leavitt, author of Keturah and Lord Death
- Deborah Heiliegman, author of The Boy Who Loved Math
Your turn! Whose book are you going to pick up? What are your favorite ways to find a good book you've never read before?