Thursday, October 4, 2012

Read It. Love it. Nominate It!

If you are anything like me, then you've probably read a bunch books this year.  Some of them were older titles, some were published this year.  Some of them missed the mark and some were spot on amazing!  For those titles that fall into the "published this year" and "amazing" category, you can do more than rave about them to your friends, library patrons, other librarians, mom, etc.  You can nominate them for awards!

And you don't have to be anyone special to do it.  All you need is the publication information for the book and a few minutes of time, and you can nominate your favorite titles for some really cool awards.

Here's the skinny:

The Cybils: Children's and Young Adult Book Bloggers' Awards
Eligibility: Eligible books fall into one of the below listed categories and were published between Oct. 16, 2011 - Oct. 15, 2012

Categories: Book Apps, Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade Fiction, Nonfiction Picture Books, Nonfiction: Middle Grade & Young Adult, Poetry and Young Adult Fiction

Judges:  Judges are book bloggers that volunteer to judge either the first round (which winnows down the really long list to a shortlist of finalists) or second round (who choose a winner from the shortlist).

How to Nominate: There's a nomination form on the Cybils website.  You need to register (which is a quick process) and then you can nominate an endless number of titles for any category.  Nominations opened Oct. 1, so check first to make sure the title(s) you want to nominate haven't already been added to the list. Nominations close on Monday, Oct. 15th.

Winners Announced: On the web at 12:01am on February 14, 2013.

Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Eligibility: Books may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or an anthology, must be designated by the publisher as "young adult" or for ages 12-18, and must have been published between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012.

Judges: Committee members are appointed by the YALSA President or are elected by YALSA membership.

How to Nominate: Technically, it's a "suggestion," but you complete an online form.  There are a bunch of fields to complete and you MUST complete them all in order for your suggestion to be considered.  Suggestions are taken until Dec. 1.  In order for your "suggestion" to turn into a "nomination," it must be seconded by a committee member.  Committee members may also submit nominations on their own.

Winners Announced: At the ALA Mid-Winter Conference's Youth Media Awards

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
Eligibility: Books must be nonfiction titles published for young adults (ages 12-18) and must have been published between Nov. 1, 2011 and Oct. 31, 2012.

Judges: Committee members are appointed by the YALSA President or are elected by YALSA membership.

How to Nominate: The process here is the same as for the Michael L. Printz Award (noted above), except that nominations close on Nov. 1.  The form is here.

Winners Announced: A shortlist is announced the first week of December.  The winner, chosen from the shortlist, is announced at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference's Youth Media Awards.

Other YALSA Awards also accept nominations, including:
Alex Awards
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
Best Fiction for Young Adults
Margaret A. Edwards Award
Fabulous Films for Young Adults
Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Morris Award
and even more!  Head to the YALSA webpage to check out a full list of awards.

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