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Cybils Nominations!

It’s the Eighth Annual Cybils!

The Cybils is the Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards.

Short version: titles are nominated in different categories; one group of bloggers reads the nominated titles and narrow them down to the shortlist; and a second group of bloggers select a winner from the shortlist.

Long version: click over to the Cybils website for information on the panels, titles, deadlines, and eligibility.

If you want to nominate something, you can nominate one title per category. The public nomination period is open until October 15; after that, there is a time period for publishers to nominate (for full details, go to the Cybils website.)

I’ve nominated titles for Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Nonfiction, and Young Adult Speculative Fiction.

Let me say — the nomination form is super easy to use. And the nomination list is constantly updated, and transparent about what happens to a nomination. If it’s deemed not eligible, they explain why — for example, if it’s a duplicate nomination or outside the eligible time period. It tells you who nominated a title. And, also, this way you know what isn’t nominated — which means if you look at the list and think “why isn’t….” you should be the one makes sure the book is considered!

Oh, and for those wondering, my nominations:

Young Adult FictionSex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian. My review will be posted later this month. As I write this up, that is “pending approval.”

Young Adult NonfictionRapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler. My review.

Young Adult Speculative Fiction — The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman. My review will be poster later this month.

So, go nominate!

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is