The 2014 Finalists For the Cybils Awards Have Been Announced!

In 2014 I volunteered for the first time to be a judge for the Cybils Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards.  I’ve spent the last few months as a first-round judge for the YA Fiction category of the Cybils Awards, and boy is my brain tired!

Our committee judged over 160 (ETA: 170) books and narrowed them down to five finalists that we would pass on to the round 2 judges.  Here are the five books we chose:

Gabi coverGirls Like Us coverIll Give You the Sun cover

Pointe coverWhen I Was the Greatest cover

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

I am very proud of the work we’ve done, and also very exhausted.  I’m now going to be spending the next few months decompressing and catching up on books for adults and kids before my YA committee work starts up again!

You can check out our announcement about the YA Fiction finalists HERE and look at the finalists in all twelve categories HERE.  It’s a pretty extensive list overall, and you’ll see recommendations on everything from picture books to graphic novels to apps to nonfiction, with annotations written by the judges explaining why we thought each one was amazing and deserved to go on to round 2.

Enjoy, and happy reading!!!

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