Current Phase: 2015 Winners Announced!

The 2015 Cybils Awards winners have been announced!

See the 2015 winners here!

Congratulations to all the winning authors, illustrators, editors, and everyone else involved in the creation of these fantastic books! All finalists and winners were selected based on our twin criteria of literary merit and kid or teen appeal. We seek those books that are well-written AND that kids will love.

A big thank you to our judges, who gave their time, dedication, and support to making the Cybils Awards work. We literally could not do this without you! All our judges, like everyone involved in the Cybils, are volunteers, and spend countless hours reading and deliberating on their own time, and for no other reason than a love of books and a desire to make a difference in the lives of children and teens by finding and elevating well-written, kid-friendly books that will continue to promote a lifelong love of reading.

Our 2016 awards season will open in August with our call for judges. Nominations for 2016 will open on October 1, and publisher/author submissions will be accepted from October 16-25. Please see the links above for much more information.

Stay with us through the summer, as we post interviews with the winners and themed book lists!

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Featured Book

National Geographic Readers: Slither, Snake!

by Shelby Alinsky

2015 Finalist · Easy Readers

This early non-fiction reader published in the National Geographic Kids series is labeled a pre-reader, designed for ‘kids who are ready to read’. It gives pre-readers engaging information about snakes. Written in simple sentences, one per page, the facts are supported by close-up, color, photographs. ... [Read More]

Featured Blogger

Do you know a blogger  from the Cybils community who deserves to be our featured blogger of the week? It could be anyone who supports the Cybils community, whether or not they’ve ever been a judge. Send your nomination, along with a paragraph about the person and why you’re nominating them, to the Cybils Blog Editor Melissa Fox: blogeditor (at) cybils (dot) com

Cybils Awards Mission

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.

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Important Dates

  • August 17: Call for judges
  • Sept. 9: Deadline for judging application
  • Sept. 17: Judges announced.
  • Oct. 1: Nominations open
  • Oct. 15: Nominations close
  • October 16-25: Publisher submissions
  • Oct. 1-Dec. 29: Round 1 reading period
  • December 1: Round 1 review copy deadline
  • Dec. 29: Short lists due from judges
  • Jan. 1: Finalists announced
  • Jan. 2-Feb. 12: Round 2 reading period
  • Feb. 12: Winners list due from judges
  • Feb. 14: Winners announced