The 2017 Cybils Call for Judges: We Need YOU!

And… ready or not… here we go!   You know how it goes: this award is only what it is because of YOUR help. And so we are lining up a crew of judges (newbies and returning ones) who will be willing to read, discuss, think about, blog about, narrow down, and select the year’s best (and most kid-friendly) books. Before …

Thank You for Your Patience

As we work behind the scenes here at the Cybils getting the judging panels set. They are coming together, slowly but surely, and we will be ready to announce the panels on Monday, September 25th, beginning at 9 a.m. PDT.  Thank you for sticking with us! 

Meet the 2017 Organizers: Melissa Wiley, Young Adult Fiction Chair

Melissa Wiley fell in love with the Kidlitosphere before it even had a name and has been enthusiastically blogging about her family’s reading life at Here in the Bonny Glen since 2005. She is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens (including The Prairie Thief, the Inch and Roly series, and the Martha and Charlotte Little House prequels). She …

Meet the 2017 Organizers: Pam Margolis, co-Young Adult Speculative Fiction Chair

Pam’s been an avid reader all of her life. In fact, she was probably in line for a book when they handed out map skills. Growing up she loved the classics but now that she’s a grown up she has learned to love all genres of books, especially books for kids and teens.    Her passion is helping kids find …

Meet the 2017 Organizers: Jennie Rothschild Junior High/Senior High Nonfiction Chair

Jennie is returning to the CYBILS for the 8th time in her beloved Nonfiction category. She’s been a panelist and a judge and last year made the leap to organizer. A former youth services librarian  and branch manager, she’s now an collection development librarian specializing in early literacy and readers advisory. . On years when she hasn’t been doing CYBILS, …

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Meet the 2017 Organizers: Karen Yingling, Middle Grade Fiction Chair

A middle aged, middle school librarian from the Midwest, I’ve been blogging since 2006 at Ms. Yingling Reads. When first hired at my school, I vowed to read every hard cover fiction book in the library so that it’s easier to get the right book for the right child at the right time. It was sad when I finished because I had …

Application Deadline Extended!

Due to the unforeseen circumstances of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we here at the Cybils have decided to extend the deadline for applications. We will be accepting applications through 11:59 pm PDT TONIGHT. If you haven’t already filled out the application, and you were thinking about doing so, you still have time! We would love to have you be a …

Meet the 2017 Organizers: Charlotte Taylor, Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Chair

Charlotte Taylor has been fan of fantasy all her life, and spent her childhood rejecting her sisters’ importunings to come play in favor of peaceful reading. She still spends as much time as possible reading (mostly middle grade speculative fiction, but other genres too, because she wants to read All the Things), but she is hampered her day job as a professional archaeologist.  As well …

Meet the 2017 Organizers: Jennifer Wharton, Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction Chair

Jennifer has been involved with Cybils since 2009 and is excited to be chairing the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category for another year.When not obsessively reading and blogging at one of her many blogs, including Jean Little Library, she is the head of the youth services department for the Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn, WI. She has reorganized much of the …

Meet the 2017 Organizers: Jone MacCulloch, Poetry Chair

Jone  has been involved with the CYBILS since 2006.  She loves her role as chairperson of the poetry category. Poetry is part of her everyday life especially in the K5 library where she teaches. Reading is her super power. From poetry postcards to research poems to Poetry Rocks, her students rock poetry. You can find student poems at “Check It Out”   Jone is …

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Meet the 2017 Organizers: Alysa Stewart, Graphic Novels Chair

Alysa Stewart accidentally forgot how to read for pleasure during her first couple years of college. After rediscovering the joy of children’s literature during a glorious Christmas break, she vowed to never again neglect her favorite hobby.  It must have been an Unbreakable Vow. Alysa is hooked on the idea of being a children’s librarian, and has begun preparing herself …