A round of applause, please, for the dozen delightful books that have won Cybils Awards for 2020. Recommended reading for all!
For details about the books and how to order, see the Cybils announcement, here. I've shared the covers of all the winning books at the end of this post.
The Cybils, a blogger-powered program, recognizes books that librarians, educators, and other children's book bloggers are itching to put into the hands of young readers. This year, 987 books were nominated. The official mission statement explains: The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.
I was honored to be chosen as a nonfiction panelist for the yummy and nutritious Cybils this year. As a Round 1 Panelist, I worked with a crew of outstanding book bloggers to name the finalists at the end of December. This year, some categories were combined. We reviewed all the nonfiction nominees, with three subgroups for elementary, middle, and high school levels. That was more than 200 books.
It was a great chance to read many excellent books that had escaped my attention in this pandemic year. All the panelists were engaged and well-informed. As we read, we compared notes online, and for the final vote we conferred (for hours!) by Zoom to narrow our choices to the short-listed finalists for each level. I, for one, was glad that I didn't have to choose the single "best" book in any category.
Having seen the review process, I can attest that the winners have got to be outstanding. If you're not familiar with any of these, check them out! And let's get more great books into the hands of more readers. Thanks!
Just announced Feb. 14, the worthy winners are:
|EARLY CHAPTER BOOK|
|FICTION PICTURE BOOK|
|ELEMENTARY NONFICTION |
|ELEMENTARY/MG SPECULATIVE NONFICTION|
|MG GRAPHIC NOVEL|
|MIDDLE GRADE FICTION|
|MIDDLE GRADE NONFICTION|
|YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL|
|HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION |
|YOUNG ADULT FICTION|
|YA SPECULATIVE FICTION|