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Using the Cybils for Readers’ Advisory

I hope you are all aware that in a few days, on Valentine’s Day, the 2011 Cybils Award Winners will be announced! However, did you know that the lists of Cybils Finalists, posted every New Year’s Day for the last 6 years, are a wonderful resource for Readers’ Advisory? I know, I know, ALSC and YALSA have a full slate of youth media awards, and I definitely follow them avidly and spread the word about the winners and honor books.  But the Cybils, given by kidlit bloggers, have a different emphasis.  First, the Cybils judges are trying for books with kid appeal.  They do want books with literary merit, but they must also believe that the books will appeal to kids. But the big reason you can turn to the Cybils for Readers’ Advisory is because of the nature of the Finalists.  The first round of Cybils judging is done by…