Cybils Award

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Cybils Awards
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Awarded for Literary merit and kid appeal in children's and young adult literature
Presented by Bloggers with expertise in children's literature
First awarded 2006
Official website cybils.com

The Cybils Awards, or Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, are a set of annual book awards given by people who blog about children's and young-adult books.[1] Co-founded by Kelly Herold and Anne Boles Levy in 2006,[2] the awards were created to address an apparent gap between children's book awards perceived as too elitist and other awards that did not seem selective enough.[3]

Books are nominated by the public in ten genres of children's and young adult literature: Book Apps, Easy Readers & Short Chapter Books, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade Novels, Non-Fiction Middle Grade/Young Adult Books, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Poetry, and Young Adult Novels. Nominees go through two rounds of panel-based judging before a winner is announced in each category. Finalists and winners are selected on the basis of literary merit and kid appeal.[4]

Panelists are volunteers and must be active bloggers with extensive experience in children's or young adult literature, either as readers and enthusiasts or as authors, librarians, booksellers, teachers, or others with verifiable investment in the world of children's literature.

Criteria[edit]

  • Anybody may nominate a children's or young adult book published October 16 of the preceding year - October 15 of the contest year.
  • Books must be written in English or they may be bilingual.
  • Only one book may be nominated per person, per category.
  • Nominations open October 1 and close October 15 of the contest year.
  • Books should exemplify award criteria of literary merit and "kid appeal".
  • Audiobooks currently are not part of the awards.

Recipients[edit]

2013 Cybils Award winners[edit]

Category Title and Authors
Book Apps
  • Disney Animated by Disney
Picture Books
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


  • Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, written by Peter Brown
  • Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, written by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Easy Readers & Early Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Early Chapter Books


  • Urgency Emergency! Big Bad Wolf, written by Dosh Archer
  • Home Sweet Horror (Scary Tales), written by James Preller
Poetry
  • Forest Has a Song, by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Graphic Novels
  • Elementary & Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


  • Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite, written by Barry Deutsch
  • Templar, written by Jordan Mechner
Speculative Fiction
  • Elementary & Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Young Adult Non-fiction
  • Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II, by Martin W. Sandler

2012 Cybils Award winners[edit]

Category Title and Authors
Book Apps
  • Dragon Brush, by Small Planet Digital
Picture Books
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction


  • A Home for Bird, written by Philip C. Stead
  • Mrs Harkness and the Panda, written by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Easy Readers & Early Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Early Chapter Books


  • A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse, written by Frank Viva
  • Sadie and Ratz, written by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Ann James
Poetry
  • BookSpeak! Poems About Books, written by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
Graphic Novels
  • Elementary & Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


  • Giants Beware!, written by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
  • Friends With Boys, written by Faith Erin Hicks
Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Elementary & Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


  • Wonder, by R. J. Palacio
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews
Young Adult Non-fiction
  • Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin

2011 Cybils Award winners[edit]

Category Title and Authors
Book Apps
Picture Books
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction


  • Me ... Jane, written by Patrick McDonnell
  • I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures, written by Carlyn Beccia
Easy Readers & Early Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Early Chapter Books


Poetry
Graphic Novels
  • Elementary & Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


  • Zita the Spacegirl, written by Ben Hatke
  • Anya's Ghost, written Vera Brosgol
Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Elementary & Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


  • Nerd Camp, by Elissa Brent Weissman
  • Stupid Fast, by Geoff Herbach
Young Adult Non-fiction
  • Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, by Candace Fleming

2010 Cybils Award winners[edit]

Category Title and Authors
Easy Readers & Short Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Short Chapter Books


Picture Books
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction


  • Interrupting Chicken, written by David Ezra Stein
  • The Extraordinary Life of Mark Twain (According to Susy), written by Barbara Kerley
Poetry
  • Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse, written by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Maggi Idzikowski
Graphic Novels
  • Elementary & Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Elementary & Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Young Adult Non-fiction
  • The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing, by Suzanne Jurmain

2009 Cybils Award winners[edit]

Category Title and Authors
Easy Readers & Short Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Short Chapter Books


  • Watch Me Throw the Ball!, written by Mo Willems (an Elephant and Piggie book)
  • Bad to the Bone (Down Girl and Sit), written by Lucy Nolan, illustrated by Mike Reed
Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Fiction Picture Books
Graphic Novels
  • Elementary/Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Middle-Grade Fiction
Middle-Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
  • The Frog Scientist, written by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by Andy Comins
Non-Fiction Picture Books
  • The Day-Glo Brothers, written by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani
Poetry
Young Adult Fiction

2008 Cybils Award winners[edit]

Category Title and Authors
Easy Readers
Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Fiction Picture Books
  • How to Heal a Broken Wing, written and illustrated by Bob Graham
Graphic Novels
  • Elementary/Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Middle-Grade Fiction
Middle-Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
  • The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir, by Cylin Busby and John Busby
Non-Fiction Picture Books
  • Nic Bishop Frogs, written and illustrated by Nic Bishop
Poetry
Young Adult Fiction
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart

2007 Cybils Award winners[edit]

Category Title and Authors
Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Fiction Picture Books
Graphic Novels
  • Elementary/Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Middle-Grade Fiction
Middle-Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
Non-Fiction Picture Books
Poetry
  • This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness, written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Young Adult Fiction

2006 Cybils Award winners[edit]

Category Title and Authors
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Fiction Picture Books
Graphic Novels
  • Elementary/Middle Grade
  • Young Adult


Middle-Grade Fiction
Middle-Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
Non-Fiction Picture Books
  • An Egg is Quiet, written by Dianna Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long
Poetry
Young Adult Fiction

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