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The 2013 Cybils Panelists Have Been Announced

Cybils2013SmallI'm pleased to announce that the lists of 2013 Cybils panelist were posted this morning. Here are direct links to each of the posts:

If you were selected for a panel this year, congratulations! Being a Cybils panelist is a lot of work (particulary for Round 1), but it's highly rewarding. You get to work with amazing people. You also get to select wonderful books that are well-written and kid-friendly, and spread the word about those books to the reading / blogging world. 

If you were not selected for a panel this year, we are sorry about that. There were so many amazing applicants this time around that it was impossible to put everyone on a panel. The category organizers worked hard to create a balance of new vs. returning participants, as well as to achieve a mix of skills and viewpoints on each panel. This inevitably meant that some people, even some people who have been great panelists in the past, had to sit out this year. We hope that you'll understand and try again.

We also humbly suggest that some categories (such as young adult fiction and fiction picture books) are more popular than others, and that applying in the nonfiction or apps categories next time might help (if you review in those areas). 

I've been tweeting the lists of panelists (the ones who are on Twitter), and will be creating Twitter lists for the panels, too. I hope you'll follow along. Many thanks to everyone who has helped to spread the word, on Twitter, Facebook, your blogs, etc. 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting updated category descriptions on the Cybils blog and getting ready behind the scenes. Nominations open October 1st. Start thinking of your favorite high-quality, kid-friendly titles in the above categories. It's Cybils time!