2009 Nominations are now closed

Welcome to the 2009 Cybils awards. Our nominations are closed for this year but there's more fun to come. Our finalists are announced on January 1st, so there's a reason to wake up early on New Year's Day.

Read on for the full list of nominations …

Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books
Fiction Picture Books
Graphic Novels
Middle Grade Fiction
Non-Fiction, MG/YA
Non-Fiction Picture Books
Young Adult Fiction

Note: Winners are announced on February 14th as a big Valentine's hug to the winning authors and illustrators.

Comments 22

  1. Sheila Ruth

    Hi Joyce,
    The organizers move titles around as necessary to put them in what we feel is the best category. It’s not always easy; there are some definite gray-area books. But we discuss those and then make a determination of which category they fit best in. In the case of Wild Things, it was moved to Fantasy based on the Amazon description, which made it seem like there were at least some fantasy elements.

  2. Clay Carmichael

    Delighted that my book “Wild Things” has been nominated, but Fantasy/Science Fiction it is not–not by any stretch of the imagination. Perhaps you were persuaded by the Booklist reviewer’s adjective “magic-touched”, but really there is no magic or fantasy or sci fi element to the book. It might be either YA or MG depending on which reviewer or reader you ask, but either way it’s 100% realistic fiction.
    Clay Carmichael, Author, “Wild Things”

  3. Sheila Ruth

    Hi Clay,
    Thank you for responding. Yes, the “magic-touched” was one thing that influenced us, but it appeared from the description that the cat narrated part of the book, and that seemed like a fantasy element to us. Perhaps you could clarify?

  4. Clay Carmichael

    Hi Sheila,
    Chapters of “Wild Things” are seen from a feral cat’s point of view, but his characterization is not fanciful or supernatural, but realistic; my attempt, successful or not, to get inside a real stray cat’s skin and render his thoughts and actions when the main character, an orphan girl–a stray like he is–comes into his vicinity.
    Most readers and reviewers–many librarians–have described or shelved “Wild Things” as realistic, and this is, in fact, the very first
    time anyone has suggested it is sci fi/fantasy.

  5. Anne

    We’ll see that it’s moved out of SF/Fantasy to either MG or YA. Thanks for pointing out the error.
    -Anne Levy
    Cybils Admin.

  6. Alyson

    We tried to nominate Catching Fire, but got the “it is already nominated” message. Which category is it in?

  7. Jennifer

    Hey, I noticed Fleischman’s Dunderheads in both mg fiction and fiction picturebooks. Looked like it had been approved for both categories, but I might be going blind from re-reading the nominations every couple hours (-:)

  8. Heather Z.

    I have a similar problem with Crogan’s Vengeance by Chris Schweizer. It’s a graphic novel, but I cannot see it in either the MG or YA nominations even though it says it is.
    I hate to cause more “technical difficulty” heartache, but would hate even more to not see the book represented in this year’s nominations. Thanks for all you do. This is an amazing contest.

  9. David

    I nominated a book called The Soul Alliance: The Thorn of Gooze, and it was marked as uneligible because it was not published for young adults. The characters in the books are teenagers and it was a fantasy book specifically for young adults. Just wondering how that decision was made. Thanks.

  10. Sheila Ruth

    Jennifer: You’re right that Dunderheads is in both categories. Thanks for letting us know. We’ll take a look and figure out where it belongs. It looks like both the UK and the US editions were nominated, which is how two nominations were able to get through.
    Heather: I’m glad you let us know about Crogan’s Vengeance. It looks like the reason that it wouldn’t let you nominate it was that it’s already in the database from 2008, yet it was declared ineligible in 2008 because it was published just after the end of the eligibility period. I’ve now kicked it into 2009 and marked it as pending for the category organizer to take a look at.
    David: I checked Amazon.com and Lulu.com, and both of those had it listed in the general adult Fantasy/Science Fiction category, and not in any children’s or YA categories. None of the tags on Lulu.com indicated that it was a children’s book, and neither did the description. Neither one had an age range listed, and Amazon generally lists an age range for any children’s and YA books. I couldn’t find the book on either Worldcat or BarnesandNoble.com to check it there. I also checked the first book in the series, in case there was a mistake, and the first book is also not listed in any children’s book categories or given an age range anywhere. Unfortunately, having a teenage protagonist doesn’t necessarily make a book YA, and while we recognize that there are books with crossover appeal, our goal with the Cybils is to specifically honor books published with children and teens in mind.
    Tina: are you having trouble using the nomination form? If so, can you please email me so that I can address the problem? You’ll find the link to it in the post above. This year we’d like nominations to come through the form if at all possible. Thanks.

  11. Sheila Ruth

    Just an FYI that I’ve updated all the nomination posts to reflect recent changes. Some books have been moved from one category to another, and a few books were discovered to be ineligible because they don’t meet our criteria. (Usually, either because the publication date doesn’t fall within our eligibility period, or they were published as adult books, not children’s or YA).

  12. Kelly

    What an amazing site and how neat to see all the books everyone’s reading/loves each year. The bestseller lists you see everywhere just tell you how many copies of each are sold – your site gives a better picture of how many were enjoyed and are “keepers.” Thanks!

  13. Connie

    Regarding the book, THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE, Sacred Books, Volume II–I’m curious whether the controversy it’s causing will hurt its chances. There is talk here in Portland about groups/schools trying to ban the book, and according the author’s website, the Jim Lehrer show has asked for copies of both books to see what’s what. I hope this kind of nonsense (ha) does not scare the judges! The book/s are amazing and are way overdue for major attention.

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