Would You Like to Help Contribute to the Cybils Blog?

You would?  Terrific!  We had such a good time with the book lists that were submitted last year, that we would like to run the feature again.  We will begin in March, running posts once a week through the summer.  What we need from you is a themed list (you can always follow the link to last year’s posts to …

The 2015 Winners: What’s Being Said

One of our favorite things is seeing all the happy people on Twitter after the Cybils announcements. Here’s a sampling of the love that’s been pouring out the past couple of days.  Thank you so very much, @cybils committee. I am beyond honored. I'm just so thrilled, thank you! — Nova Ren Suma (@novaren) February 14, 2016 @JanaTheTeacher @JonArNoMore @cybils …

The 2015 Cybils WINNERS!

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Happy Cybils Day! As always, we want to thank all our judges for their reading, discussing, and ultimately deciding on our fantastic winners. And to our organizers who rose to the challenge of wrangling said judges, making sure everything ran smoothly, on top of everything else that was going on in life. (Life, it does get in the way of …

Are you Ready??

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For the announcement of the Cybils winners? We know we are! (Ready, that is. And definitely excited!) Stay tuned for the BIG announcement tomorrow. We can’t wait to share these terrific books with you! 

REVIEW: Infandous

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Young Adult Fiction finalist title Infandous by Elana K. Arnold takes center stage in today’s featured blog review, which comes courtesy of Kirkus Reviewer and inveterate Cybil-ite Leila Roy. Leila, who blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, was a Round 1 judge this year in YA Fiction, and back in the spring she posted about Infandous for Kirkus and gave it …

REVIEW: Listen, Slowly

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Round 1 judge Debbie Tanner of The Book Search is a former classroom teacher, current elementary school librarian, who created her site and blog as a way to help people find books that match the skills they want to teach. A few months ago she reviewed Middle Grade Fiction finalist Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai, the National Book Award-winning author …

REVIEW: Roller Girl

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Today’s featured review looks at Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novel finalist Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, a Newbery Honor Book which has been described as a great read for kids who loved Smile by Raina Telgemaier. The review is from NoHigh5 News, the blog of Massachusetts 5th grade teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator Mike Lewis. His blog is just one of …

REVIEW: Last Stop on Market Street

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Today’s blog review features a title that’s gotten a lot of attention this year for being the Newbery Award winner: Fiction Picture Books finalist Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson. Our reviewer is Cybils veteran Mary Ann Scheuer of the blog Great Kid Books–this year she’s a Round 2 judge …

REVIEW: The Fog Diver

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Today’s featured review comes from the blog Log Cabin Library, which is the online home of Round 1 judge Brenda Tjaden, on the panel this year for Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction. Brenda is a speech language pathologist by day, as well as an aspiring novelist with a particular interest in middle grade books. A few months ago, she reviewed EMSF …

REVIEW: Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

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Our blog review of the day looks at Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction finalist Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey. This fascinating look at the life of the naturalist who brought chimpanzees into the limelight makes a fascinating contrast to the graphic novel Primates, says EMNF category chair Jennifer Wharton. She reviewed the book last summer on her …