Current Phase: Winners Announced!

The 2016 Cybils Awards winners have been announced!

Click here to see the winners!

Thank you to all the judges in both rounds who devoted countless hours to reading and discussing the books. You are the Cybils! Thank you also to everyone who nominated, followed us, and shared our posts. You are the Cybils, too!

We will start our 2017 season in August with the call for judges, and the call for nominations in October. Be sure to put it on your calendar and follow our blog for updates! Keep following us throughout the summer for book reviews, book lists, and other goodies!

There can be only one winner per category, but don’t miss the many excellent books on the finalist lists, by category:

Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books
Elementary/Juvenile Non-Fiction
Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels
Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
Fiction Picture Books
Board Books
Middle-Grade Fiction
Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
Young Adult Graphic Novels
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Here are the original long lists of nominations by category:

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Featured Book

Ghost (Track)

by Jason Reynolds

2016 Winner · Middle Grade Fiction

Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw can run. He may not have any formal training, but he’s counting on his natural talent to get him where he wants to be. Track isn’t a real sport anyway, he thinks. It’s just a way for him to show off. When an attempt to show off lands him a spot on an elite youth track ... [Read More]

Featured Blogger

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Cybils Awards Mission

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. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.

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Important Dates

  • August 21: Call for judges
  • Sept. 11: Deadline for judging application
  • Sept. 18: Judges announced.
  • Oct. 1: Nominations open
  • Oct. 15: Nominations close
  • October 16-25: Publisher submissions
  • Oct. 1-Dec. 29: Round 1 reading period
  • December 1: Round 1 review copy deadline
  • Dec. 29: Short lists due from judges
  • Jan. 1: Finalists announced
  • Jan. 2-Feb. 12: Round 2 reading period
  • Feb. 12: Winners list due from judges
  • Feb. 14: Winners announced