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, 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!!!