2015 CYBILS Awards

17 Sep

Cybils-Logo-2015-Round-LgToday the 10th Annual CYBILS judges have been announced and I’m so excited to be a Round 1 judge for the 2015 Elementary/Middle Grade Non-Fiction category!  This is going to be a HUGE undertaking and I’m really happy to be a part of this amazing group of children’s book lovers!

Here’s how it works:  The judges were chosen and announced today.  From October 1 – 15, the public will have a chance to nominate their favorite titles in a number of categories:

  • Book Apps
  • Early Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Fiction Picture Books
  • Graphic Novels
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Middle-Grade Fiction
  •  Nonfiction
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Poetry
  • Speculative Fiction
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Young Adult Fiction

From October 16-25, publishers can send in any submissions they feel fit the category.  Then I get to work!  Round 1 judges read through all the nominations and submissions and narrow them down into a shortlist.  This happens between October 1 – December 29.

As of January 1, the shortlist is announced and the second round of judges take up their positions and from January 2 – February 12 they decide on a winner for each category.  The winners are announce February 14.

My fellow judges for Round 1 include:

So in the next two weeks I need to read any fiction left on my TBR list before I dive into a very deep hole of non-fiction.  I’m really excited to learn more about the non-fiction available for kids and am excited to read the different styles that authors and publishers take with non-fiction geared toward a younger audience!

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