Monday, October 16, 2006

The First Annual Children's Book Awards, Blog Edition

This month we've seen a spate of book awards, some of which have left us wondering: couldn't we, the intelligent, savvy members of the kidlitosphere do better? Or, at least, differently?

So, we're inaugurating our own book awards, honoring books published in English for children in 2006. Anne Boles Levy, of Book Buds, will launch a site this week and administer the awards process. To read all about the new Children's Book Awards, head on over to Big A little a. To suggest a name for the Book Awards, leave a comment with Anne at Book Buds.

Wands and Worlds will be the administering blog for the Fantasy/Sci-Fi category. Do you run a blog about children's books, are you a children's book author who blogs, or do you run a general book blog? Then volunteer to serve on the book nominating committee or on the judging committee! Here are the duties of each committee:

Nominating: Nominating committees of five members will narrow the recommendations (open to everyone with web access) down to a shortlist of five books per category. A list of all recommendations will be received by the nominating committee on November 21, 2006. The shortlists will be announced January 1, 2007.

Judging: Judging committees of five members, different from those serving on the nominating committees, will decide which title per category will win the Children's Book Award, Blog edition. The winners will be announced January 15, 2007. To serve on this committee, keep in mind you will have to read five books during a very busy time of the year.

When leaving your comment, please choose a second choice category just in case we have too many volunteers for Fantasy/Sci-Fi.

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11 comments:

Michele said...

I've been commanded from upon high (sorry, Kelly !) to volunteer for the SF&F nominating committe, so here I be...

Kelly said...

Hmmm...
Just consider me a good witch :)

gail said...

I volunteered over at Fuse #8 for the nominating committee for fantasy/scifi with the judging committee as second choice.

Sheila said...

Thanks, Michele and Gail! And Kelly, I've seen the musical Wicked (sadly, I haven't read the book yet) and I'm not sure being a good witch is all it's cracked up to be.

Sheila said...

I should add that I'd like to volunteer for the Fantasy/SF nominating committee, too!

Michele said...

I've already started compiling my mental list of nominations - where do I put them in print ?

Sheila said...

Good question, Michele. I think I can just make a post to accept nominations, but let me check with Glinda and company.

Sheila said...

Hold on to those nominations for a few more days! Anne of Book Buds is setting up a new web site specifically for nominations.

RM1(SS) (ret) said...

What sort of timeline is being considered here? Starting this week, how long until the cutoff date for nominations? And then how long do the judges have to read and judge?

Sheila said...

The awards will be open for nominations in a couple of days, and will close November 20. After that, the nominating committee has until January 1 to narrow the field down to a shortlist of five books. The winners are currently scheduled to be announced January 15, so the judging committee has two weeks to read five books and choose a winner. I don't know if this schedule is finalized or if it's still subject to change.

Camille said...

Would be happy to serve on nominating committee or judging for SF&F. My second choice would be nominating committee for YA.

That was hard to narrow down since we all read in so many areas.

This is brilliant.