The Cybils blog has posted the Cybils Finalists.
A quick reminder about what the Cybils is: "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."
With a side of "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."
Back in October, anyone (and that means you) could nominate a title for Cybils consideration. Anyone. Any eligible title. Pretty much, you can only nominate one title per category; it has to be in the "contest year" (which I think runs nomination to nomination, or October to October rather than calendar). One group reads the nominated titles and selects a list of finalist; a second group reads the finalists and selects a winner. You can read more about what judging involves and how one participates at those levels at the Cybils blog.
Here's the thing about the Cybils finalists. I'm always surprised by what is and is not on the lists. Personal favorites don't appear; books I've not quite heard of are on the list.
And while I've been on the second round of judging (twice!) I would not be on the first round. Too many books to read in such a short time!
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