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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Current Phase: Finalists Announced!

Finalists have been announced! Three months of hard work by the Round 1 judges has culminated in our announcement of 5 to 7 finalists in each category. Check out the finalist announcement and lists of finalists here!

Now we proceed to Round 2, where a second set of judges in each category will read the finalists and choose one winner for each category. Winners will be announced on February 14.


Featured Book

Feathers: Not Just for Flying

by Melissa Stewart

2014 Finalist · Elementary/Middle-Grade Nonfiction

This unique look at a bird's most obvious characteristic, its feathers, compares the many different uses of feathers to familiar items like a blanket and an umbrella. The text is layered with simple, declarative sentences and more complex factual captions and statements. Stunning artwork creates a scrapbook ... [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

Important Dates

  • August 18: Call for judges
  • Sept. 5: Deadline for judging application
  • Sept. 15: 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
  • Jan. 1: Finalists announced
  • Jan. 2-Feb. 12: Round 2 reading period
  • Feb. 12: Winners list due
  • Feb. 14: Winners announced