You, as anyone who reads a book, get to be a judge, in a way--nominate a great book that was published between Oct. 16, 2009 and Oct. 15th 2010 to get it into the next round, where speed-reading judges, including me, will narrow down the offerings into a shortlist. You can nominate easy readers, short chapter books (for younger readers, I think), fantasy and science fiction for middle grade and for young adults, fiction picture books, graphic novels for both older and younger readers, middle grade fiction, nonfiction picture books, both middle grade and YA nonfiction, poetry, and young adult fiction. For the moment, I'm having trouble deciding which fiction picture book I want to nominate...
You might also have a suggestion for The Brown Bookshelf's 28 Days Later Celebration. From their website:
Finally, if you know of a good, less-known fantasy or science fiction book published in 2010, please hop over to Sherwood Smith's blog and suggest it for consideration for the Andre Norton Award.During the twenty-eight days of Black History Month, we’ll profile a different children’s or young adult author and children’s illustrator. On March 1st, we’ll announce the winner(s) of books donated by our featured authors.
We need your help. We’re looking for the best new and unnoticed works by African-American authors. From picture books to novels, books fresh off the presses to those that have lurked in the background unsung for months or years–whatever books you like, we want to know. We’re specifically looking for new books and books that have “flown under the radar,” that are children’s or Young Adult written by an African-American author published by a traditional publisher for the trade market. Nominations accepted from September 30th to October 31st.