Fantasy & Science Fiction:
Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud
Fiction Picture Books:
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watts
Ages 12 and under:
Amelia Rules! Volume 3: Superheroes by Jim Gownley
Ages 13 and up:
American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
Middle Grade Fiction:
A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz
Non-Fiction Middle Grade and Young Adults:
Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman
Non-Fiction Picture Books:
An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston
Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Assistance and Gratitude
A great deal of work went into The Cybils. An amazing number of outstanding people got involved, both online and offline. A seed of an idea blossomed into a gorgeous bouquet of literary flowers thanks to the support of bloggers, publishers, and readers like you! Kudos to each and every nominee and committee member, with special thanks to Kelly and Anne, the wonderful, glowing parents of this brainchild.
If you wish to be involved in the next Cybils event, please email Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I was honored to be a part of the YA nominating committee, and I hope to do the same next year.
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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, http://www.cybils.com 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.
The night the winners were announced, I had a dream that it was discovered that A Drowned Maiden's Hair was actually a reprint of a book initially released twenty years ago and made into a film ten years ago starring Tina Majorino. Cybils on the brain, anyone?
The Cybils: 2006 Young Adult Nominees
The Cybils: 2006 Young Adult Hall of Fame
The Cybils: 2006 Young Adult Finalists
My review of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
My 2006 interview with Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
You may read my other reviews, author interviews, and posts related to The Cybils by simply clicking here and following the entries tagged "Cybils."