A Note to Publishers, Authors, and Illustrators

The winners of the 2014 Cybils Awards were announced on Saturday. If you missed the announcement, you can see it here. As Publisher Liaison, I’d like to offer my personal congratulations to the winners. The award winning books are the culmination of two separate rounds of judging over five months, and a selection process that involved a total of 129 hardworking judges. Winning …

The 2014 Cybils Awards

As another Cybils winds to a close, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played a part  in it this year, from the round 1 panelist who spent countless hours reading to the round 2 judges who spent time debating and discussing to choose the winners below to the organizers who spent hours making sure that everything ran …

2014 Finalists: Things That are Being Said, Part 2

Wernick & Pratt (@WernickPratt): Hats off to Bryan Collier and @The_Pigeon, whose books were named @cybils Finalists!http://t.co/8slBJ0tY0y Jennifer Morris (@jenmorris80): Steve and Wessley Cybils Finalists: Steve and Wessley’s first book, The Ice Cream Shop is a finalist in the Cybils. Jennifer also wrote a blog post about it! Laura Cecil Agency (@LCecilLitAgency): Congratulations to @Alexmilway whose Pigsticks & Harold has …

2014 Finalists: The Ones that Got Away

Every year, our panelists read hundreds of books (generally). Which means, every year, when they as a group narrow the books down to finalists, there are some that don’t make the cut. Here are some posts by panelists highlighting great books in their categories that didn’t quite make the cut. Kim at Si, Se Puede highlights some of her favorite …

The 2014 Finalists: What’s Being Said

Every year, we love seeing the reactions of the authors, publishers, spouses, and fans  after the Cybils finalists announcement goes up. Here are a few of the reactions that caught our attention this weekend: Tara Dairman (@TaraDairman): What delicious news to wake up to today: ALL FOUR STARS is a @Cybils finalist for middle-grade fiction! @penguinkids Huge thanks to @debamarshall for the …

The 2014 Finalists

My very first day of first grade was also the day my school district desegregated. It was 1969, and my grandmother had told me I’d be going to school with “colored children”. A new box of Crayola crayons sat in my school kit, and my little six-year-old self fully expected to see the same glorious rainbow of colors among the …

A KidlitCon Intermission

While we’re nearing the end of round one here at the Cybils, and the holiday season is in full swing, things are also getting started for (the ninth annual!) KidlitCon 2015 in Baltimore, MD. No dates are set – it will be sometime in the fall – but we did want to give publishers a heads-up of the opportunities to participate, including: …

Nominations Now Closed

You blew it. You had your chance to nominate, and now it’s gone. You missed the boat, you’re out of time, past deadline, unpunctual, late. Done, finished, kaput. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news here, but nominations are now closed. Of course, if you nominated a book or few, we’re delighted. We collected  more than 880 nominations altogether …

Calling all publishers, authors, and app developers

Tomorrow, October 16, is the start of the period where publishers, publicists, authors, and app developers may submit your own books for consideration for the Cybils Awards. From October 16-25, you may submit any titles not already nominated by the general public, up to 10% of your 2014 children’s/YA list. The titles nominated by the public do not count towards the 10%, and …