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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Current Phase: Call for 2015 Judges

We hope everyone had a good summer. The 2015 season (our 10th!) is now underway with the call for judges. If you’re a blogger and would like to be considered to be a judge, please apply here.

We have nine years of incredible books under our belts. Check out the “Books” option in the menu above or the finalist widget in the sidebar for some great children’s and YA book recommendations.

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Featured Book

Girls Like Us

by Gail Giles

2014 Finalist · Young Adult Fiction

This is a poignant and painful story of two special ed girls (“speddies”) whose strengths and weaknesses are well-matched in ways that neither of them expect. Biddy and Quincy describe their own lives as well as each other, so we get a clear picture of these girls and we see the fears and the secrets ... [Read More]

Featured Blogger

Do you know a blogger  from the Cybils community who deserves to be our featured blogger of the week? It could be anyone who supports the Cybils community, whether or not they’ve ever been a judge. Send your nomination, along with a paragraph about the person and why you’re nominating them, to the Cybils Blog Editor Melissa Fox: blogeditor (at) cybils (dot) com

Important Dates

  • August 17: Call for judges
  • Sept. 9: Deadline for judging application
  • Sept. 17: 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