Are you familiar with the Cybils Awards? If not, you should be! The Cybils Awards at the Children’s & Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards and they are awarded each year to books that combine literary merit with kid or teen appeal. Awards are given in many different categories, from picture books to teen novels to poetry to book apps. A first round panel of judges will determine a shortlist of 5-7 books, announced on January 1. Then a second panel of judges will determine a winner in each category, announced on February 14.
The Cybils winners and shortlists (finalists) are great tools for finding recommended books for kids and parents. Check out the Cybils website at www.cybils.com for printable lists of the finalists and winners.
This year’s shortlists will be announced January 1, but the fun starts now! Nominations are open October 1-15 and ANYONE can nominate one title in each of the award categories. You do NOT have to be a blogger to nominate a title and the more nominations received, the better! Have you been reading some awesome books this year? Please nominate!
From the Cybils FAQs:
Which books are eligible?
Any English or bilingual books published in the U.S. or Canada between the end of one contest and start of another. For 2012, that means books released between Oct. 16, 2011 and Oct. 15, 2012. Books must be specifically published for the children’s or young adult market.
Does it help if a book has lots of nominations?
NO! In fact, the online form will kick the nomination back if a book’s already been listed. It needs to get on our radar only once for consideration. After that, it’s up to the judges.
Check out the category descriptions and the FAQs. Then head over to the nomination form and make your voice heard! I know librarians and ALSC members are keeping on top of the best children’s and teen lit this year, so make sure you nominate your favorites. Share the link with your staff and patrons and urge them to nominate titles! After all, a book can’t win if it’s not nominated (and don’t your favorites deserve to win?).
– Abby Johnson, Children’s Manager
New Albany-Floyd County Library
New Albany, IN