Cybils 2010: Middle Grade Fiction Panel

There's some old saying that goes something like...."If you want something done, give it to the busiest person." Last year, as I sat contemplating an empty nest, toyed with moving to a new city, dreamed of cool career moves I could make (notice the verbs: sat, toyed, dreamed), I applied to be a Cybils judge. Nary a word (cricket noise for effect).

This year, I'm jumping through hoops for 1400+ middle schoolers, guiding 90 faculty members through a school-wide literacy initiative that involves grants and field trips and volunteers, assisting a reading team with a new curriculum... let alone the time I spend assessing, placing, monitoring and cajoling struggling readers (2010 verbs? jumping, guiding, assisting, cajoling).  This year, the Cybils want me :-) Of course.

And I'm thrilled!  But, I'm also saying a little prayer that some of the titles I have the grand honor of perusing will have already passed my eyes. Cause man, these eyes are a drooping!

Thanks to Kerry Miller of Shelf Elf for serving as the Middle Grade Fiction Panel Organizer.

I'm excited to be a Middle Grade Fiction Panelist with:
Ashley Bair and Alysa Stewart of Everread
Jennifer Donovan of Five Minutes For Books
Sherry Early of Semicolon
Melissa Fox of Book Nut
Kyle Kimmal of The Boy Reader
Sandra Stiles of The Musings of a Book Addict

When we get done sorting out the gems, the next round will go to these Judges:
Amy Baskin of Euphoria
Eric Berlin of Eric Berlin
Jill Foltz of The O.W.L.
Karen Wang of Kidsmodo
along with Middle Grade Fiction Panel Organizer Kerry Miller

If you'd like to know more about the Cybils, jump on over HERE.
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Melissa said...

Hi! *waves* I'm looking forward to getting to know you, and seeing what great titles come our way. Sorry that it's a crazy year for you... but that's what keeps life interesting. Right??

Ms. Yingling said...

Congratulations on being on the Cybils' panel! Maybe things will calm down a little... a vain hope, I know!

Ms. Yingling said...

It's a little daunting, but I'm sure that you will do a good job, and the experience will be well worth the effort! (If I say that enough, will I believe it myself?)