- Reward the children’s and young adult authors (and illustrators – let’s not forget them) whose books combine the highest literary merit and “kid appeal.” What’s that mean? If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussel sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.
- Foster a sense of community among bloggers who write about children’s and YA literature, highlight our best reviewers (and shamelessly promote their blogs) and provide a forum for the similarly obsessed.
Check the FAQ's on how books are nominated and how panelists are chosen to read and select the finalists. The winners will be announced on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14th.
If you read my previous post, you know that I try to read all of the books that might be chosen as the Newbery before it is selected. I would love to do the same with the Cybils. I have read most of the finalists in the Easy Reader, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fiction Picture Books, and Middle Grade Fiction categories. I haven't done so well with Graphic Novels, Nonfiction Middle Grade/YA and Nonfiction Picture Books, Poetry and Young Adult Novels. With the three books I still need for the Newbery (and I haven't even looked at the Mock Prinz winners yet), I don't think I will be able to read all of the Cybils finalists before the announcement of the winners in February. But, I will try my best!
Happy New Year!