Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Cybils and a HUGE giveaway!!!

So the yearly Cybil Awards are once again beginning and the blogs are hopping with info and opinions on nominations! Head over the the Cybils blog to nominate your favorite books of the year in a bunch of different categories...but can only vote once between today and October 15th, so choose your nominations wisely!! I am probably going to wait until the end of the nomination period to put my choices in. I read so many great books this year, it's so hard to decide!

I'm lucky enough to have been chosen to be on the YA panel this year, with some awesome ladies! Last year I was on the Middle Grade fiction panel and loved it...can't wait to get started reading some of these books!

In honor of the Cybil Award nominations beginning, I'm going to host a huge contest for one of my absolute favorite picture books of the year. I have 5 SIGNED copies of Willow, written by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan and beautifully illustrated by Cyd Moore. I loooved this book and you can read my review here. That's 5 SIGNED-by-the-author copies, all up for grabs. How to enter? Follow these easy rules:

1. Go nominate at least one book for the Cybil Awards. It can be in any category you want, but the more you nominate, the more entries in the contest you get! Leave a comment telling me what you nominated. If you've already nominated a few, go ahead and leave a comment now. If you nominate more by Sunday night, leave another comment telling me of the additions.

2. If for some (odd) reason you would rather not actually nominate a book, simply tell me your favorite book you've read this year, preferably children's related, but not necessary.

3. Do this by Sunday night at 12:00am and you're entered for this fabulous contest!
Just a note on some rules often overlooked in nominations, don't forget these important ones:

1. Do not nominate a book someone else has already nominated. It does not get counted twice. We read everything that gets a nomination! Don't waste your vote on something that doesn't count!

2. You can only vote for ONE title. Not 5. I wish it could be 5, but then I would be reading until next October, so please, only 1.

3. Be careful the genre you nominate a book for. Even if a graphic novel is considered young adult content, it should still be nominated in the graphic novel category, not the YA category. If you have questions as to where your book should go, there is a special section on the Cybils page to ask those questions.


Becky said...

Poetry: Lady Liberty
Fiction Picture Books: Little Mouse's Big Book of Fear
Graphic Novel: Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa
YA Fiction: Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
MG/YA Nonfiction: The Trouble Begins At 8 by Sid Fleischman.

I haven't nominated in the other categories just yet.

Cheryl said...

What a fantastic way to help spread the word about the Cybils--an celebrate books!

I've wanted Willow ever since I saw it on your blog. I love picture books about creativity.

So far I've only nominated three books in the Cybils--but I'll likely be nominating more.
Picture Book: Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Middle Grade: Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee
YA: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Jen Robinson said...

What a neat idea, Amanda. I haven't decided what I'm going to nominate yet (too busy keeping up with emails about spreading the Cybils word), but I love this contest!!

Berek said...

I nominated The dragon heir by Cinda Williams in the young adult category-a great third book in her series.

Susan said...

I haven't read many children's books that were published this year, so I only had one to nominate - Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery.

I would love to win Willow. It looks like something my daughter would LOVE. Thanks for the fun contest! I have a couple of giveaways going on over at my blog - check them out!

Charlotte said...

I've nominated in just about every YA entry, which I am sure you will enjoy :) is House of Dance, by Beth Kephart.

I've not seen Willow yet--it looks good!

shelburns said...

I am going to be watching the nominations, but won't be nominating this year as I haven't read any books published this year. Hopefully I will be able to participate next year as I am going to be reviewing new books. I do have a favorite that I've read this year and it would definitely be The City of Ember, along with books 2 and 3 in the series. I absolutely loved it!

Great contest, by the way! I would love to win a copy of Willow!

Megan Germano said...

I nominated in 3 categories, but my poetry nomination was the wrong kind of book, so I don't think it counts.

M.Rowe said...

I nominated A Thousand Never Evers in the Middle School Fiction. What an important and wonderful book. I would love a copy of Willow.

Serena said...

this cybils awards thing sounds interesting...I've never heard of them, but then I am relatively new to the book blogging world.

Serena said...

I may have duplicated one of my nominations. Oops. I nominated The Adoration of Jenna Fox for Young adult, The Host for science fiction, and Human Dark with Sugar for poetry.

Amanda said...


I'll definitely count your nominations, though they may be moved around a bit by the Cybils hosts. I think The Host is considered an adult novel, so I'm not sure it will count and The Adoration of Jenna Fox was kinda a sci-fi type book, so that may take the place of The Host. We'll see what they decide though! Thanks for entering!

silverhartgirl said...

I nominated The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

queenoftheclick said...

I nominated I liked Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis. I used to love using big words when I was a kid. I purchased the book for my niece and she loved impressing people with the words.

Serena said...

Amanda: Thanks for that. I know that the host is considered a sci-fi adult book, but I'm not sure how those categories work. I found the adoration of jenna fox to be young adult, though a bit of sci fi! LOL at least I got the poetry right!

M.Rowe said...

I would also like to nominate Savy. I just finished it today.