As some of you already know, I’m going to be involved with the Cybils again this year. (“The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. Nominations open to the public on October 1st.”) I’m a first round panelist in the YA Fiction category, which means reading a LOT of books between now and the end of December. But I’m really looking forward to it.
Also, nominations are now open in all categories, now through October 15th! It’s very easy and if your book ends up being a finalist, you get to feel smug. Also, I’ll note that in my category, YA Fiction, we get a lot of realistic contemporary books (which is great! don’t get me wrong!) but mysteries and historical fiction–basically anything that’s not sci-fi or fantasy–are totally eligible.
So far I’ve nominated:
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma in YA Fiction
Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan in YA Speculative Fiction
If You Want to Catch a Whale by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead in Fiction Picture Books
Binny for Short by Hilary McKay in MG Fiction
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell in MG Speculative Fiction
In short, yay Cybils! I’m really glad to be a part of this again.