Tag Archives: CYBILS

Reserve Your Spot: KidLitCon

13 Sep

KidlitconLogo2017.pngIf you live in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland area (or farther) and you blog about children’s literature, then you’ve got to check out KidLitCon 2017 held in Hershey PA, November 3rd & 4th this year.

I got the chance to attend KitLitCon three years ago in Baltimore and it was an awesome weekend of networking with other kidlit bloggers, hearing authors speak and learning about new ideas and concepts that I could incorporate into my blog. The conference is put together by the same group of awesome individuals who also host the CYBILS awards which are book awards given by book bloggers.

The conference was definitely useful and even more importantly a lot o fun, so if you’re interested in attending, check out the website


Call for Judges: CYBILS

9 Sep

Cybils-Blog-Header-2017If you’re a kid lit book blogger, you should think about applying to become a judge for the CYBILS awards, it’s a rewarding experience that exposes you to titles you never would have read before. If you’re interested check out the CYBILS website and make sure to get your application in by the deadline – September 14.

There are two different rounds of judging and the CYBILS website has all the information you’ll need to decide what type of judge fits your schedule the best. And if you’re not too specific, shoot for being a judge of a less popular genre like nonfiction or poetry, it may be easier to be selected if fewer people apply for these genres.

It’s definitely a lot of hard work and (obviously) a lot of reading, but it’s a really great experience to be a part of and one that I’d love to repeat when I have a little more time!

2016 CYBILS Awards

15 Feb

The awards have been announced! The CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards) are announced on February 14th of each year. The award began in 2009 to “recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.” The categories include:

  • Audiobooks
  • Book Apps (Currently Inactive)
  • Early Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Fiction Picture Books & Board Books
  • Graphic Novels
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Middle-Grade Fiction
  • Nonfiction
    • Juvenile/Elementary
    • Middle-Grade/Young Adult
  • Poetry
  • Speculative Fiction
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Young Adult Fiction

And now, for the winners of the 2016 CYBILS, congratulations!

2016 CYBILS.pngAudiobooks – The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz
Read by Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Adam Gidwitz, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, and Arthur Morey.
Listening Library

Board Books – Cityblock (Alphablock)
by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo
Harry N Abrams

Early Chapter Books – Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)
by Polly Faber, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
Candlewick Press

Easy Reader – Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends
by Tina Kugler
HMH Books for Young Readers

Elementary Non-Fiction – Giant Squid
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Roaring Brook Press

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels – Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book 2) (Lowriders in Space)
by Cathy Camper and Raúl the Third
Chronicle Books

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction – Shadow Magic
by Joshua Khan

Fiction Picture Books – A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Juvenile Non-Fiction – Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
by Melissa Sweet

Middle Grade Fiction – Ghost (Track)
by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Middle Grade Non-Fiction – Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
by Caren Stelson
Carolrhoda Books

Poetry The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
by Laura Shovan
Wendy Lamb Books

Young  Adult Fiction – Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

Young Adult Graphic Novels – March: Book Three
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Top Shelf Productions

Young Adult Non-Fiction – Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland

Young Adult Speculative Fiction – Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

CYBILS Nominations Open

1 Oct

cybils-blog-header-2016I was given the distinct pleasure of being a CYBILS judge last fall and although I spent a lot of time reading a lot of nonfiction titles – it was an amazing experience to be a part of!  I would have loved to be a judge again this year, but unfortunately with a new job and balancing the work from my old job that still needs to be done until we hire someone, I have very little time for anything extra right now.  So maybe I’ll be able to be a part of it again in the future, but for now, I’m happy to submit nominations for a variety of categories:

  • Board Books
  • Fiction Picture Books
  • Easy Reader/Early Chapter Books
  • Elementary/Juvenile Non-Fiction
  • Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
  • YA Fiction
  • Young Adult Speculative Fiction
  • Graphic Novels

  • Poetry

  • Audiobooks

Anyone can nominate a book for any category, so stop by the CYBILS website to nominate your favorites of the year!



16 Feb


Definitely take time to check out the amazing list of CYBILS winners for 2015!  This was the first time I’ve been a part of an award committee and although it was a lot of work, it was great working with librarians, teachers, and bloggers who all care as much as I do about the books being published for children.  I was a Round 1 judge for Elementary and Middle Grade Non-fiction and it was not easy – a ton of submissions and a lot of conversation happened!  But, I am so happy with the winner – I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are!

Book Apps

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System
by Minilab Ltd
Minilab Ltd

Fiction Picture Books

Sidewalk Flowers
by JonArno Lawson
Groundwood Books

Easy Readers

Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly (Passport to Reading, Level 3: Ling & Ting)
by Grace Lin
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Early Chapter Books

Dory and the Real True Friend (Dory Fantasmagory)
by Abby Hanlon
Dial Books


Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales
by Julie Paschkis
Henry Holt

Elementary/Middle Grade


The Blackthorn Key
by Kevin Sands

Graphic Novels

Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson
Dial Books


I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are
by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
Henry Holt

Speculative Fiction

The Fog Diver
by Joel Ross

Young Adult


Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone

Graphic Novels

by Noelle Stevenson


Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
by Steve Sheinkin
Roaring Brook Press

Speculative Fiction

The Walls Around Us
by Nova Ren Suma
Algonquin Young Readers

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