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The 2017 Cybils Winners

There’s really not much to say, here at the announcement of the winners, except a HUGE Thank You (!) to all our volunteers: chairs, panelists, and judges. We could NOT have done it without you!  Board Books Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bear by Nathan Thoms, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros Harry N Abrams Nominated by: Charlotte Learning about facial expressions and …

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CYBILS Winners TOMORROW!

Now that the excitement from the ALA Youth Media Awards have died down (we really are living in a super-fast news cycle!) (who are we kidding: we’re still excited!) we want to remind you that we’ll have yet ANOTHER reason to be excited about children’s literature: At 9:30 a.m. PST we’ll announce this year’s CYBILS winners!! You’ll want to come …

2017 Cybils Reactions, Part 2

A few more reactions have come in over the weeks, and we’d like to highlight them. Yay for all the reactions!  Picking up where we left of: Congrats to @GingerlyWrites #SueeAndTheShadow, which was just chosen as a 2017 @cybils finalist for “Elementary / Middle Grade Graphic Novels” https://t.co/bB8ceHZNGh — ABRAMS Kids (@abramskids) January 3, 2018 @cybils Belated huge thanks for …

2017 Finalist Reactions!

We love seeing them! Here’s what we found across social media over the past couple of days:        Ahhhhhhhh The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart is a Cybils Finalist (in the Elementary/MG Speculative Fiction category: https://t.co/pUeBF9dRTb )!!!!!!!!!!!!!!       I am so, SO thrilled and over-the-moon about this!!! @KidsBloomsbury @bloomsburykids https://t.co/erjE1QctrC     — Stephanie Burgis 🐲 …

2017 Cybils Finalists

2017 was a difficult year, all around. Participation was down (we had to put Audiobooks on hiatus!), several judges and category chairs had personal or family crises, and we had issues with getting access to all the books. It wasn’t easy for the Cybils this year.  However, we rallied — we had 1426 books nominated across all the categories — we …

2017 Finalists Announced TOMORROW!

It’s the last day of the year, and you know what that means, right? The Cybils finalists will be announced TOMORROW. Check this space at 9:30 PST to see all the amazing books that made it through.  Happy New Year!

2017 Cybils Awards Publisher/Author Submissions

Publishers, publicists, and authors: now that the public nomination period has ended, we are accepting submissions from publishers, publicists, and authors of books published within the last year. Some of your titles may already have been nominated by the public. Those titles do not need to be submitted again. Whether or not you are submitting additional titles, we request that …

Last Call for Nominations!

As a head’s up: tomorrow is the last day for public nominations! If you’re reading this, YOU can nominate! And we need (and want!) your nomination.  If you don’t have a book you love to nominate (or yours has already been nominated…) check out these lists for ideas:  Picture Books from The Picture Book Review Picture Books from Young Readers Board …

It’s Sepember 30th Already?

And you know what that means, don’t you? Only 24 more hours (more or less) until the Cybils nominations open!!  I’m sure you’ve been thinking long and hard over the past few weeks about which books you want to nominate in every category, and you’re going to stay up super late (or get up super early; or maybe you just …

Category Descriptions: Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Speculative Fiction takes us to realms of the imagination: places and times and realities where the rules of life may be different than our own and where the impossible and improbable become real. But good science fiction and fantasy does more than that: it asks, “What if?” It makes us think. It holds up a mirror to our own society …