I’m not sure if this award is on your radar. It wasn’t on mine until recently, and in fact I missed the announcement by a longshot (it was February 14). It’s only a few years old, but I like how it was formed. Basically several bloggers who wrote about children’s and YA literature wanted to form a sense of community and highlight what they considered to be the best books in those categories of that year. Despite its humble beginnings, one shouldn’t assume this isn’t a great award. I’ve been pleased with my samples from it in the past, particularly in the children’s books.

Because I see great things happening in YA and children’s literature, and because I’m pleased to present it to my own children, I want to bring it to your attention.

Cybils Awards for Children’s and Middle Grade Books

  • Picture Book (Fiction): All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee
  • Picture Book (Non-Fiction): The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton; illustrated by Tony Persiani
  • Easy Reader: Watch Me Throw the Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
  • Early Chapter Book: Bad to the Bone (Down Girl and Sit) by Lucy Nolan; illustrated by Mike Reed
  • Poetry: Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
  • Graphic Novel: The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction: Dreamdark: Silksinger (Faeries of Dreamdark) by Lani Taylor
  • Middle Grade Fiction: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Cybils Awards for Young Adult Books

  • Non-Fiction: The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner; illustrated by Andy Comins
  • Graphic Novel: Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Tom Siddell
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction: Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • Young Adult Fiction: Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

The only one I’ve read is Watch Me Throw the Ball!, and I’m telling you, these Elephant and Piggie books are wonderful and charming. Chains was a National Book Award finalist in 2008.

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