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2014 Cybils Finalists Announced

It feels like just last year that the Cybils Award was first announced, but time flies: This week the shortlist for sixth annual Cybils Awards was released. The Cybils are an award given out by bloggers for the best children and young adult literature titles.

In her post describing the process, Anne Boles Levy discusses the need for more diversity in children and young adult literature. 30 of the 80 final titles fall under the “multicultural umbrella,” and Boles Levy writes that nearly half of those titles fall in the graphic novel category.

This year, only two of the Cybils Shortlist titles, El Deafo and The Shadow Hero overlap with our Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2014. So go on and click on over to the Cybils site to take a look at this year’s finalists and see what the first-round judges had to say about these titles.

Elementary and Middle Grade Titles
Bad Machinery: The Case of the Good Boy by John Allison
Bird & Squirrel on Ice by James Burks
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner
Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier
The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley

Young Adult Titles
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill and Henry Louis Gates Jr.
The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, illustrated by Canaan White
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful by Shane Koyczan

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Esther Keller About Esther Keller

Esther Keller is the librarian at JHS 278, Marine Park in Brooklyn, NY. There she started the library's first graphic novel collection and strongly advocated for using comics in the classroom. Her collection is also the model for all middle school libraries in NYC. She started her career at the Brooklyn Public Library, and later jumped ship to the school system so she could have summer vacation and a job that would align with a growing family's schedule. On the side, she is a mother of 4 and regularly reviews for SLJ and School Library Connection (formerly LMC). In her past life, she served on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee where she solidified her love and dedication to comics.

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