The Cybils finalists were announced on Saturday, and you can peruse them all here. These shortlisted books will now be read by the second-round judges, and the winners will be announced on Valentine’s Day. Just a reminder that the criteria used for selection are kid appeal and literary merit, so you know you’re on safe ground with recommending these books for kids (unlike a certain other set of awards, due to be announced next Monday, January 11, which only looks at literary merit and, consequently, often selects some snoozers, thus enabling adults to torture kids by insisting they read these books as they’ve won a prize).
The shortlist for the category that I’m judging, Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, is as follows:
Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Caste Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson
The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall
Moon Rising by Tui T. Sutherland
I’ve only read and blogged about Mars Evacuees, which I liked very much, so I’ll have my head down for the next few weeks reading and discussing. It’s always a great opportunity for me to read titles I might not otherwise come across, so I’m excited to get started.