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Celebrate World Read Aloud Day on March 9th

The Cybils Winners are Coming!

Cybils2010small This coming Monday is Valentine's Day. Bit of a greeting-card-company-and-florist contrived holiday, if you ask me. I don't need an excuse to eat chocolate, nor does my husband need a holiday to remind him to buy it for me when he has the chance. But that's neither here nor there. The important thing is that Valentine's Day is also Cybils Announcement Day!

That's right, the winners in some dozen Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literacy Awards (Cybils) categories (including sub-categories by age) will be announced on Monday. A couple of these winners have already been decided (though I can't tell you what they are). Other panels are sure to go right down to the wire. I mean, have you seen the short lists? There are so many wonderful titles. I don't know how the panelists are going to pick. This is the first year I haven't been a round 2 panelist myself, and I do miss being part of that process. But fortunately, we can all share in the outcome.

So, stay tuned for the announcement of the Cybils winners on Monday. Children's and young adult titles in genres ranging from poetry to fiction to nonfiction to graphic novels, all guaranteed to be kid-friendly and well-written. You really can't go wrong.

And if you want to show your love for the Cybils, consider buying copies of the winners in your favorite categories. Seeing a bit of a sales bump after the Cybils winners are announced will be a lovely reward for the authors who worked so hard to write these amazing books and the publishers who supported us with review copies. I think it would be a validation for the Cybils panelists, too, to see that people are taking advantage of their efforts. Plus, you know, a book is a much more long-lasting gift than a greeting card or a vase of flowers.

[If you really want to show your support for the Cybils, consider clicking through any of the Amazon links on the Cybils blog. We get a small commission on any purchases that you make (including items other than books), and that money goes toward prizes for the winners.]