I'm just back to my computer after a few days away, and by now the Cybils shortlists are old news (five days is practically an eternity in blog time). Still, as Literacy Evangelist for the Cybils, I would be remiss if I didn't point you to the full set of shortlists at the Cybils blog.
Our dedicated nominating committee panelists worked their way through 939 selections, winnowing the lists down to 72 finalists across the nine categories (some broken further into sub-categories). The lists are eclectic and surprising, filled with high-profile titles as well as hidden gems. There have been concerns raised about the lack of diversity in the shortlists, but I think that this is more a reflection of the industry as a whole than of the selections made by the participants. In any event, the Cybils shortlists are a wonderful resource. Each category includes five to seven titles judged to be both kid-friendly and well-written.
This year, I'll be judging in the Fantasy & Science Fiction (Middle Grade) category. I was one of several last-minute additions when the volume of submissions necessitated a split into two judging panels (as explained here by organizer Sheila Ruth). I was happy to be included, and to be able to help. Here are the books that I'll be reading over the next few weeks:
Serial Garden, The: The Complete Armitage Family Stories (Junior Library Guild Selection)
by Joan Aiken
Big Mouth House
Nominated by: Charlotte
Winners will be announced on February 14th.