Cybils Awards 2014 Nominations Now Open

Cybils-Logo-2014-Web-Lg-300x193What’s your favourite children’s book app of 2014? Bloggers are looking for your nominations for a prestigious award.

Since 2006, the Cybils Awards have celebrated the work of children’s and Young Adult authors and illustrators, by bringing together book bloggers to choose their stand-out 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

I really enjoyed being on the judging panel for Book Apps in 2012 & 2013 and can’t wait to see who makes it through to the finals in early 2015. If you would like to nominate, here’s what you need to know:

  • Fiction or nonfiction
  • Any age from preschool to young adult
  • Must be available for iPad and listed in the iTunes App Store
  • iBooks are not eligible
  • Contains interactivity which enhances the story without distracting readers or disrupting the flow of the narrative
  • Original release date between 16 October 2013 & 15 October 2014 (use to check)
  • One nomination per person (in each Cybils category)
  • Each app can only be nominated once

The deadline is 15 October 2014 via the Cybils Nominations Page.  Authors/illustrators and publishers will also be able to nominate books for a short period after public nominations have closed.

jack_beanstalk_appI’ve nominated Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow. It’s a fantastic example of how reading and gaming can be brought together in one place, and successfully extends Nosy Crow’s range of apps towards readers aged 6 to 8. I haven’t downloaded many book apps this year, but we particularly enjoyed PJs PJs – Giraffes by Ink Robin, Hat Monkey by Fox & Sheep/Chris Haughton, and for older readers Love, the App by Pablo Curti which won a prize at the 2014 Bologna Book Fair. If you also enjoyed these, perhaps you could nominate one of them. Or let me know what you’ll be nominating in a comment below.