I’ve mentioned before how much I love the Cybils awards. Not only is it super fun to be a judge and do a deep dive into recent books in the category, but I use the finalist lists all the time in my work as a librarian. Got a kid who only wants to read graphic novels, or fantasy, or needs a poetry or nonfiction book for school? Pull up the guide with the covers of the most recent finalists, and scroll back through the years in the same category to help them pull together a list of titles that appeal to them.
So I am very excited to be a Round 1 Cybils Judge! This year again in the Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Category.
Joining me this year are Kristen Harvey at The Book Monsters, Jenni Frencham at From the Biblio Files, Brenda Tjaden at Log Cabin Library, Beth Mitcham at Library Chicken, Sherry Early at Semicolon, and Cheryl Vanatti at Reading Rumpus.
Take a look at the Cybils blog to see the Round 2 judges and the fantastic panel of judges in all the other categories! And then start thinking back about your favorite kids and teens books of the past year. If there’s something you think might be worth nominating that you haven’t read yet, now’s the time to get to it. Nominations open October 1, and the more books we have nominated, the better we can do at putting together a great list of finalists!