Nominations Notes and Wish Lists!

Public nominations are still open through October 15th–thanks to everyone who has nominated so far!! If you haven’t nominated books yet and are having trouble thinking of something that hasn’t already been nominated, then here are a few nominations wish lists of worthy titles collected by our organizers and panelists: MG/YA Nonfiction titles, from Round 1 panelist Kelly Jensen at …

List Fun: Baseball Stories You (Probably) Didn’t Know

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Take me out to the ballgame! Cybils supporter Annette Bay Pimentel, who blogs about picture books (as well as writing them), has put together another great list of Cybils titles for us. For kids who enjoy the crack of the bat, these books are sure to be a home run. Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. …

List Fun: Diverse YA Speculative Fiction by Diverse Authors

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At the Cybils Awards, we care a great deal about diversity in children’s books. We put great importance on finding and promoting books which meet our high standards and which have protagonists from under-represented groups. In addition to the importance of diverse characters, though, it’s equally important to find and recognize books written by voices from marginalized groups. Such books …

List Fun: Women in the Spotlight

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Summerstock theater, blockbuster movies, dance camp, the circus. Summertime is the perfect time to perform in or watch a show. I’ve rounded up here some fascinating Cybils titles about great women performers who broke barriers and overcame obstacles for their moment in the spotlight. Pick one up to share with your kids before your next show. —Annette Bay Pimentel Ballet …

List Fun: Ghost Stories for All Ages

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Whether or not you believe in ghosts, stories that feature these ethereal characters are a creepy delight for readers of all ages. These ten books, selected from past Cybils nominees/finalists/winners, highlight the best tales about ghosts. Some of the ghosts are friends, others are foes; some stories are pretty funny while others are downright terrifying. There’s something for every reader! …

List Fun: Math-Related Picture Books

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Curated from past Cybils nominees and finalists, these ten picture books introduce a wide range of math-related concepts: from basic counting to using numbers to solve real-life problems. –Amy Johnson, Sunlit Pages Animal 123 by Britta Teckentrup (2012 Fiction Picture Books Nominee)Britta Teckentrup’s beautifully textured illustrations are a perfect introduction to numbers and the concept of adding one more. Using …

List Fun: Favorite Series for Beginning Readers

Some series are so beloved they are recognized by Cybils in some form every single year! Every eligible book published to date in the series listed below has been nominated for Cybils in the Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books category. –Katie Fitzgerald, Story Time SecretsEasy Readers/Early Chapter Books category organizer Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee This series …

List Fun: 10 Cybils Finalists/Winners that Also Received ALA Awards

I happen to love awards. All the awards. I like following the hype and buzz and then seeing if my favorite (or one I’ve at least seen or read) wins. So, I suppose, it’s no surprise that one of my favorite things to do every year is compare the Cybils outcome and see how they fared against the “big” awards, …

List Fun: Middle Grade American Historical Fiction

Reading historical fiction as a kid is one of the reasons for my long love of history. Through historical fiction, I could connect with interesting people of the past who struggled against and overcame huge challenges. In the Cybils Elementary and Middle Grade Fiction Category, there are about 100 historical fiction nominees, finalists, and winners that bring a variety of time …

List Fun: Cybils Authors We Can’t Stop Reading

I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the Cybils periodically from 2006 through 2014. Whether I’ve been on round 1 or 2, I’ve always discovered a wonderful new book or author that I continue to share with my family, friends, and those kids who I help when I volunteer in the elementary school library. Every book can’t be a winner, …