Welcome to the Cybils 2013


Got a favourite children’s book app? Now is the time to nominate it for a fantastic award!

The Cybils were launched in the USA in 2006. They celebrate the work of children’s and Young Adult authors and illustrators, by bringing together book bloggers to choose their stand-out favourite titles of the year. In 2011 a Book App category was added for the first time. You can find out more about the awards process, the different categories, and this year’s judges at www.cybils.com

I am delighted to be  a member of the judging panel for Book Apps again this year. I had such a great time in 2012 – thank you to the Cybils team and especially Book App Chair Mary Ann Scheuer of Great Kids Books for letting me take part again this year.

Books and book apps submitted for the awards must have been published between October 16, 2012 and October 15, 2013, and nominations can be submitted from anywhere in the world. Nominations will open on October 1, and I’ll be posting a list of my favourite apps of the year next week. Mary Ann explains what a book app actually is and which are eligible for nomination here: http://www.cybils.com/2013/09/book-apps-category-description.html

The 1st Round judges will come up with a shortlist of finalists and the 2nd Round judges (which is where I join in) will review these apps and chose the winner to be announced in February 2014.

I can’t wait to work with the other Round 2 judges –

The 2012 winner in the Book App category was  Dragon Brush  – I loved this well produced app, which brought great storytelling and illustrations together with well thought-out, relevant and fun interactions. I am looking forward to seeing some more amazing apps this year!

Dragon brush app 2

Dragon Brush