Cybils Nominations!

It’s the Eighth Annual Cybils!

The Cybils is the Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards.

Short version: titles are nominated in different categories; one group of bloggers reads the nominated titles and narrow them down to the shortlist; and a second group of bloggers select a winner from the shortlist.

Long version: click over to the Cybils website for information on the panels, titles, deadlines, and eligibility.

If you want to nominate something, you can nominate one title per category. The public nomination period is open until October 15; after that, there is a time period for publishers to nominate (for full details, go to the Cybils website.)

I’ve nominated titles for Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Nonfiction, and Young Adult Speculative Fiction.

Let me say — the nomination form is super easy to use. And the nomination list is constantly updated, and transparent about what happens to a nomination. If it’s deemed not eligible, they explain why — for example, if it’s a duplicate nomination or outside the eligible time period. It tells you who nominated a title. And, also, this way you know what isn’t nominated — which means if you look at the list and think “why isn’t….” you should be the one makes sure the book is considered!

Oh, and for those wondering, my nominations:

Young Adult FictionSex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian. My review will be posted later this month. As I write this up, that is “pending approval.”

Young Adult NonfictionRapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler. My review.

Young Adult Speculative Fiction — The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman. My review will be poster later this month.

So, go nominate!


List O Mania: Cybils

The Cybils winners have been announced!

As a reminder, the Cybils is the Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards. As explained at its website, the Cybils have two purposes; first, recognize children and teen books that “combine the highest literary merit and “kid appeal.”” Second, “foster a sense of community among bloggers who write about children’s and YA literature.”

The full list of 2012 Cybils winners is at the website. Cybils have a variety of topics and age levels; as usual, I’m highlighting the YA titles.

Nonfiction: Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon By Steve Sheinkin, Flash Point. From my review: “One nice thing about non-fiction titles: they tell you up front what a book will be about. This is about the invention of the atomic bomb, told through three stories: the scientific journey from the discovery of nuclear fission to the creation of and use of the atomic bomb; the spy story, as various people in different countries provide information on the American program to the USSR; and the military story, as commandos worked behind enemy lines in Nazi held Europe to stop the Nazis from being the first to create an atomic bomb.”

Graphic Novels: Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks, First Second Books

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Random House Books for Young Readers. From my review: “Seraphina’s world: What is her world, exactly? The book begins just a few weeks after she joins the royal household, but soon it’s learned that this is Seraphina’s first steps outside her family. Seraphina has tried to keep herself away, hidden, at arm’s length from others to protect her secret. She doesn’t always know how to interact with others. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wondered, while reading, if some of Seraphina’s brusqueness was part of her dragon heritage or the result of a deep seated sense of isolation: “I did not understand that I carried loneliness before me on a plate, and that music would be the light illuminating me from behind.” Whatever the reason, she is also a keen observer of people: “He noticed my eyes upon him and ran a hand through his wheaten hair as if to underscore how handsome he was.””

Fiction: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, Amulet

And, a big THANK YOU to the Cybils for being so clear that their logo can be used for posts like this and make it so easy to use them. I wish more awards and lists did this!

Cybils Nominations

It’s Cybils Season! The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. For full information, go to the Cybils website. In a nutshell: these are awards given each year by bloggers to the best children’s and young adult books. There are multiple categories, based on genre and age.

There are two sets of panels: the first round judges read the books that are nominated, and select a shortlist. Then a second group of judges reads the shortlist and select a winner.

The panelists have already been picked and announced. Right now, it’s the middle of the nomination process which runs from October 1 to October 15. Anyone can nominate a title, but can only nominate one book per category. The “year” during which a book must have been released to be considered is October 16, 2010 to October 15, 2011.

Finalists are posted on January 1st; winners are announced February 14. Full details are at the Cybils site.

So, to nominate titles, go to the nomination form.

The categories that will include teen titles are listed below: first a link to the description of the category; then the list of nominations (which is constantly updated); and finally, the judges.

Nonfiction for Middle Grade and Teens; Nominations; Panel.

Young Adult Fiction; Nominations; Panel.

Science Fiction & Fantasy; Nominations (middle/elementary and teen); Panel.

Graphic Novels; Nominations (middle / elementary and teen); Panel.

Poetry; Nominations; Panel.

So, go nominate!


The Cybils have announced the shortlists!

As a quick recap, Cybils is the Children’s and Young Adult Book Bloggers’ Literary Awards. Books are nominated in the fall in different categories; a panel of bloggers reads those books and creates a shortlist, announced on January 1; a second panel reads those shortlists and picks a winner.

The Cybils Finalists.

Ones with YA titles:

Fantasy & Science Fiction Young Adult shortlist  Of these titles, I have only read one, Ship Breaker; and I have to confess, I’m disappointed that my favorite book of the year is not on the shortlist.

Graphic Novels, Young Adult shortlist Of  these titles, I have only read Yummy (and haven’t reviewed it here yet). Having read it, I’d put it in the middle grade group, actually, but that’s just me.

Nonfiction Books (Middle Grade & Young Adult) shortlist Of these seven titles, I’ve read none of them. 

Poetry shortlist This list includes everything from picture books to young adult. And, I’ve read none of them.

and finally

Young Adult Novels shortlist Since I’ve read none of these books, obviously, my favorite book (that isn’t SF/F) isn’t on the list.