Announcing the 2023 CYBILS Awards Finalists

We may not be the first to wish you a Happy New Year, but we are very excited to be the first to tell you about the 2023 CYBILS Awards finalists!

Our judges read more than 1,240 books across nine categories and three audiences. In some categories – like Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, and Poetry – judges were reading all the books for all the audiences, from elementary to young adult. That’s a lot of reading!

The chorus sung most often across all the categories was “there are so-o-o-o many great books this year.” There were tough choices to be made, and some beloved books didn’t make the short lists. Never fear, we’ll have a post with those in the next week or two.

In the meantime, settle in and peruse the lists. Oh! Then grab your library card! You’re going to want to check out these books and enjoy them for yourself!

Board Books & Fiction Picture Books

Easy Readers & Early Chapter Books

Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction

Graphic Novels [Elementary/Middle-Grade + Young Adult]

Middle-Grade Fiction

Nonfiction [Elementary + Middle-Grade + High School]

Poetry [Collection + Novel in Verse]

Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Speculative Fiction