Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The One Where I'm a Cybils Book Apps Judge #slice2013

Every Tuesday, Ruth and Stacey, host Slice of Life at their blog, Two Writing Teachers. If you want to participate, you can link up at their Slice of Life Story Post on Tuesdays or you can just head on over there to check out other people's stories. For more information on what a Slice of Life post is about, you can go here

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I often wake up wondering how I have such an awesome life. 

I often fall asleep marveling at how awesome my life is. 

And I often find myself shaking my head randomly throughout the day at how awesome my life is. 

While I definitely go through ups and downs, I've been sick the last week and a half and I know my husband's not happy that I'm not helping with the housework, when I really think of everything, I'm so happy and grateful for every day of my life and am constantly reminding myself just how lucky I am. Today I'm officially announcing here at Teach Mentor Texts that I'm a first round judge for the Cybils Book Apps this year. I couldn't be more excited. 

The Cybils are Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards. They take place yearly and include awards in a variety of categories, one of which is Book Apps. Here are the other judges I get to work with, be sure to check them out!

2013 Book Apps Judges

Round 1

Aaron Maurer, Coffee for the Brain

Jill Goodman

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts

Jackie Parker, Interactive Reader

Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

Round 2

Cathy Potter, The Nonfiction Detectives

Elisabeth LeBris, LeBrisary

Helen Dineen, CAppTivated Kids

Carisa Kluver, Digital Media Diet

Sarah Towle, Sarah Towle (author blog)

Not sure what book apps are? Book apps are stand-alone applications on a touchscreen device like the iPad that combine features of books, audiobooks, ebooks, animation and video creating a unique experience for readers of all ages. 

You are welcome to nominate your favorite book app starting October 1st! Be sure to check out the Cybils website for a live form where you can nominate your favorite app. 

More information about books app and nominating book apps from Mary Ann Scheuer: "We will be evaluating book apps on iPads from the iTunes App Store, so all nominations must be available for the iPad, even if they are also available on other platforms. This is because we cannot ask judges to have access to a multitude of devices, and the iPad is still the most prevalent device. Please note that iBooks at this time are not considered Book Apps. While this may change going forward, we are striving to keep the category divisions clear.

As with all Cybils nominations, the book apps must be published between October 16, 2012 and October 15, 2013. That means, the app must be originally released on or after October 16, 2012 - we aren’t looking at when updates occurred, only the original release. If you aren’t sure of the initial release date, you can check http://appshopper.com." 

I'm excited for this adventure and the opportunity to add just a little bit more awesome to my life. Thanks, Cybils!

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