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Now Calling: #CYBILS2024 Early Call for Judges

Welcome to our second annual summer call for judges! For many of us, summer means reading for fun, because, well, we have more time to read. Experienced Cybilites often use this time to read as many books as they can in the categories they love. The summer reading period is a great way to share what you love with other …

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Summer is coming … and so is #CYBILS2024

This year, Memorial Day is more than the unofficial start of summer, it is also the unofficial start of the 2024 CYBILS Awards. In just a few days we will be launching the start of #CYBILS2024. Last year we tested a Summer Reading Period as a way to allow people to see what being a CYBILS Awards judge is like …

The 4-1-1 on the 2024 CYBILS Awards

A few weeks ago, we shared three goals that our Board set for its 2024 agenda. In this post we identified several that relate to changes in our award.  With the 2024 CYBILS Awards season starting soon, we want to share more detail about several of  those changes. Objective: Improve book access and reading volume issues  Year in and year …

Spring 2024 Updates from the Board of Directors

The CYBILS Awards is committed to transparency in its operations and decision-making. To that end, we want to share some of the conversations taking place regarding the desire for continuous improvement of our program. The Board of Directors  established its Spring Meeting as an opportunity for us to reflect on where we are and identify where we want to go …

Spring Forward with these #CYBILS2024 Nomination-eligible Books

Over the last five months we posted review exerpts for more than 450 books nominated or submitted for the 2023 CYBILS Awards. All told, we shared reviews from our judges for more than one-third of the books considered for our 2023 awards. Not an all-time high, but pretty durned good. Look for more #CYBILS2023 titles in future booklists. In the …

Announcing the 2023 CYBILS Awards Winners

Before we say “congratulations,” we want to shout out a big thanks to everyone who helped make the 2023 CYBILS Awards another great year! 💞 THANK YOU 💞  We can’t say enough about our judges … who can’t say enough about the great books you sent us for consideration. We were thrilled to have many books with positive representation that …

Coming Soon: #CYBILS2023 Winners

No book reviews this week. We’re getting ready for Big Announcement Day! 2023 CYBILS Awards Winners Wednesday, 14 February 2024 9:00 AM PT | 10:00 AM MT | 11:00 AM CT | 12:00 PM ET

CYBILS 2023 Board Books & Fiction Picture Book Finalists

BOARD BOOK FINALISTS Copy That, Copy Cat!: Inventions Inspired by Animals Katrina Tangen, illustrated by Giulia Orecchia Barefoot Books Nominated by: Abi Full of rhyming riddles, die-cut cues, and lift-the-flap reveals, this board book introduces kids to biomimicry. They will love guessing which animals inspired inventions we use today like snowshoes or sonar! Aimee Smith, Keep a Book Out Mister …

CYBILS 2023 Easy Reader & Early Chapter Book Finalists

Easy Readers Bear and Bird: The Picnic and Other StoriesJarvisCandlewick PressNominated by: Linda Baie Bear and Bird are the best of friends. So best of friends, in fact, that they would rather make the other happy than always tell the truth. Is it wrong to lie to your friends? What if your lie is to protect their feelings? Bear and …

CYBILS 2023 Nonfiction Finalists

ELEMENTARY Glitter Everywhere!: Where it Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s GoingChris Barton, Chris, illustrated by Chaaya PrabhatCharlesbridgeNominated by: Gary Anderson Strong opinions about glitter are common, but whether you love it or hate it, this book is a fascinating look at the history and science of all things sparkly! Readers will learn what iridescence is, how it …