I'm Judging the Cybils!

I’m Judging the Cybils!

I am so excited to be a 2nd round judge for Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books for the Cybils Awards!

Cybils book awards

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.

Last year, I was a 2nd round judge for Graphic Novels for Middle Grade and Young Adult and it was a wonderful experience.

My group will chose from the easy readers and early chapter books screened by 1st Round Judges.  I think they had the tough job!


Joining me in Round 2 are:

Katie Fitzgerald at Story Time Secrets and contributes to The Library Adventure. Katie is the Round 2 Organizer and she also served as Round 1 Judge.  She’s on Twitter: @mrskatiefitz

Story Time Secrets

Matthew Winner at Busy Librarian and weekly kidlit podcast Let’s Get Busy. He’s on Twitter: @MatthewWinner

Busy Librarian

Amanda Furman at Maestra Amanda’s World. She’s on Twitter: @maestra_amanda

Maestra Amanda's World


Narineh Ferderer at Ready, Set, Read and The Novel World. She’s on Twitter: @TheNovelWorld

The Novel World

Catherine Nichols at The Cath in the Hat. She’s on Twitter at: @TheCathInTheHat

The Cath in the Hat



Round 1 Judges are:

Katie Fitzgerald
Story Time Secrets

Caroline Flory
Under God’s Mighty Hand

Maggi Idzikowski
Mama Librarian

Mike Lewis
No High 5 News

Kimberley Moran
Books First in Maine

Debbie Nance

Melissa Taylor
Imagination Soup


Winners for the Cybils will be announced February 14th, 2015 — the same day as International Book Giving Day (hint! hint!). I’ll be allowed to post on the short list after February 14th!

I'm Judging the Cybils!

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Congratulations. Don’t know how you do it all. I submitted books in the categories you’re judging, hope they make the first cut. I nominated books in all categories except one, I think.
    Patricia Tilton recently posted…The Last Christmas TreeMy Profile

    • Hi Patricia,
      I chose a category where the word count is lower! Last year I did graphic novels which was great and not too time consuming to read. I’m really excited to read Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books this year!!! Thanks for nominating your favorite books to the Cybils!!
      Pragmatic Mom recently posted…I’m Judging the Cybils!My Profile

  2. How exciting! You are a great person to be doing this!
    maryanne recently posted…Playing DreidelMy Profile

  3. Jim Westcott

    Congrats, Mia!

    I agree you are the perfect person to be judging!

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