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Cybils Announcement

It's ready. Early. The Cybils winners are here! Head on over to the Cybils site for the official announcement, with more detail. Here is the text of our press release.

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE -- Cybils Literary Awards Announced

Bloggers sought a balance between literary quality and "kid appeal" among the 482 titles nominated by the public.

CHICAGO, Illinois—A terrified squirrel, a quiet egg and an infinite playlist were among those earning top honors today in the first-ever awards from kidlit bloggers.

The Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, or Cybils, were won by nine books in eight categories, from picture books to graphic novels and even fantasy and science fiction.

The awards cap five months of activity by roughly 80 volunteers, who plowed through 482 books nominated by the public at the Cybils blog, . The contest grew out of a comment on a blog post last October and rapidly gained traction in the tight-knit community of librarians, teachers, homeschoolers, parents, authors and illustrators, dubbed the "kidlitosphere."

The idea was to find books with literary merit that kids couldn't put down, striking a balance between the highbrow Newberys, for example, and the populist Quill awards.

Any children's or young adult title published in English in 2006 was eligible, and anyone could nominate a book. Nominees then went through two rounds of judging: those surviving the first cut were announced New Year's Day.

Here are the winning books:

Fantasy and Science Fiction:
"Ptolemy's Gate"
Jonathan Stroud
Hyperion: Miramax

Fiction Picture Books:
"Scaredy Squirrel"
by Melanie Watt
Kid's Can Press

Graphic Novels:
Ages 12 and Under:
"Amelia Rules," vol. 3: Superheroes
by Jim Gownley
Renaissance Press

Ages 13 and Up:
"American Born Chinese"
Gene Yang
First Second

Middle Grade Fiction:
"A Drowned Maiden's Hair"
by Laura Amy Schlitz
Candlewick Press

Non-Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult:
"Freedom Walkers"
by Russell Freedman
Holiday House

Non-Fiction Picture Books:
"An Egg is Quiet"
written by Dianna Aston; illustrated by Sylvia Long
Chronicle Books

"Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow"
written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
Houghton Mifflin

Young Adult Fiction:
"Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist"
by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Knopf Books for Young Readers

For further details on each winning book, please see the Cybils blog
at There are paragraphs that each judging committee prepared on why each book was selected. It's great stuff!