The First Annual Children's Book Awards, Blog Edition
Hey, Kidlit Blogger types,
You know what's fun? Watching committees come up with lists of the best children's books of the year. You know what's even more fun? Creating lists of the best children's books of the year. As Kelly Herold put it, "couldn't we, the intelligent, savvy members of the kidlitosphere do better? Or, at least, differently?" She's so diplomatic.
Hence this neat experiment in the power of kidblog awarding. We are officially 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, (I thought "The Winnies" would be good) leave a comment with Anne at Book Buds.
And what role do I play in all this? Well, Fuse #8 has been chosen to be the administrating blog for the Middle Grade Fiction category.
Here's the deal: 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. You can't, I should add, serve on both. 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. In this case, five middle grade chapter books. A list of all recommendations (we're initially very democratic here) will be received by the nominating committee on November 21, 2006. Then for two months or so we beat each other over the heads with sticks until we come up with a shortlist of a mere five books. The shortlists will be announced January 1, 2007. Thus ends the job of the nominating committee. On we go to the Judges!
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 or so. To serve on this committee, keep in mind you will have to read five books during a very busy time of the year and discuss them with the other members of the committee.
When leaving your comment, please choose a second choice category just in case we have too many volunteers for Middle Grade Fiction.
As soon as we have a name and committees, we can begin soliciting nominations.
Questions? Head on over to Big A little a for more information