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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 …

#Cybils2022 Poetry/Novels in Verse

  At the Pond David Elliott, illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford Candlewick Press Nominated by: Lisa Rogers David Elliott adds a celebration of pond life to his collection of charming animal poetry in At The Pond. Following the arc of a day from morning to night, readers meet a variety of pond flora and fauna, ranging from the “delicate, diaphanous, dazzling” …

#Cybils2022 Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  A Snake Falls to Earth Darcie Little Badger Levine Querido Nominated by: Sondra Eklund Beyond our world lies the mirror world, populated by monsters, spirits, and animals that can take human form. In this mirror world Oli, a cottonmouth, is finding his way for the first time away from his family. His found family forms quickly to include the …

More Author/Publisher Reactions from Cybils Finalists

Here are a few more reactions from the authors and publishers who were named 2013 Cybils finalists on January 1st. Extra points to Andrew Karre for using the word "galavanting". See others in this post.  Ursula Vernon, author of Dragonbreath, responded in a blog comment: "Oh, wow! That is so cool–thank you for letting me know!"  Macmillan Kids | @MacKidsBooks: …

Author and Publisher Reactions to Being Cybils Finalists

We're seen a LOT of enthusiasm about the Cybils shortlists on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook over the past couple of days. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped to spread the word about our wonderful finalists. Here, we've selected some author and publisher reactions on Twitter and Facebook: Sarah Beth Durst | @SarahBethDurst: Happy New Year! Awakened to lovely …

The Ones that Got Away: Favorites that Didn’t Make the Shortlists

Our 2013 shortlists are fabulous. But, as is the case every year, some of our Round 1 panelists mourn the ones that got away. These are the titles that they loved, but that for one reason or another didn't make it onto the shortlists. So, if the finalists don't offer a sufficient number of reading suggestions for you, try these …

Sharing the Love

We love our Cybils winners, and they think we aren't too bad ourselves–at least, judging by the tweets and blog posts reacting to Thursday's announcement of the 2012 winning titles. We're always happy to share the love, so here are a few of our favorites: Laura Salas, author of winning Poetry title BookSpeak (and former Cybil-ite and longtime blogger herself) …

More Author/Illustrator Love

Did you see our fabulous list of finalists yet? Yes? Well, have you noticed all the love we've been getting from the honored (and honorable!) finalist authors and illustrators? We did one post about it already, and here are a few more lovely tweets we wanted to share: Stefan Bachmann (@Stefan_Bachmann), SFF finalist, says: Woah, so The Peculiar is shortlisted …

Triumphantly Tweeting Authors

In the wake of our announcement of the Cybils finalists a couple of days ago, a number of triumphant tweets have come to our attention. Frankly, we're tickled pink at the kind words that we've been getting from authors and illustrators. Here's just a small sampling: Mac Barnett (@macbarnett), FPB finalist, says: Oh, thank you—it was a a surprise and …