I’m Judging the Cybils!

I’m really excited to be judging Graphics (as in graphic novels) for the 2013 Cybils! What am I excited to read? Graphic novels that tell a great story, get kids excited to read, and have beautiful illustrations doing some of the heavy lifting of storytelling. I’d also love to discover more graphic stories for younger kids and especially some geared for girls. Graphic novels are my secret weapon for reluctant readers. I’ll be excited to share them with you … eventually!

Please meet my esteemed colleagues for round two. You can also follow them on Twitter. We are not allowed to blog on the short list that Round 1 judges will come up with until after the awards are announced but expect to hear more about great graphic novels from me shortly after that.

Want to nominate a children’s book for the Cybils? That will be coming up shortly!


2013 Graphics Judges

Second Round

Emily Mitchell, Emilyreads

Debra Touchette, Adventures in Reading (Also blogs at Guys Lit Wire)

Michael Kahan, No Flying, No Tights

Mia Wenjen, Pragmatic Mom

Maria Selke, Maria’s Melange


First round

Lynn Miller Lachmann, The Pirate Tree

Aaron Zenz, Bookiewoogie

Roxanne Feldman, Fairrosa

Traci Glass, No Flying, No Tights

Emma Weiler, No Flying, No Tights

Colby Sharp, Sharpread

Liz Jones, Lizjonesbooks

Follow PragmaticMom’s board Best Graphic Novels on Pinterest.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Congratulations! You will be wonderful!

  2. Deb

    Congrats! Enjoy your reading! Cybils is one of my favorite times of the year…glad you are on board!

  3. Congratulations! You are perfect for this. Have fun with it!
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  4. HUGE congratulations, Mia–that’s going to be a lot of fun!

    Have you yet read Jane, the Fox and Me? I LOVED it.

  5. Yay! You’re a great choice for a judge! I was thinking I might apply next year, but I knew I was not organized enough right now to go for it. I look forward to hearing about your experience.
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    • Hi Erica,
      I applied last year but I missed the deadline by a week so I had to mark my calendar to remember this year. I’m really excited and I’ll post on the process. I chose graphics too because I’m hoping it’s a smaller category with shorter books so I can get it done without too much craziness. I would have loved to do chapter books but I knew I couldn’t handle that time commitment. You should apply for next year but pick a category that is not as time consuming.
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  6. Ann

    Yay, that is so cool! Can’t wait to see the list!
    Graphic novels are amazing to me for the shear volume of illustrations that go into them. I also love how they read like watching a movie.
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