CYBIL Awards

About The Cybil Awards

The Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, or Cybils, will be awarded in eight categories, from picture books to graphic novels and even fantasy and science fiction. The contest drew more than 570 nominations in 2007 from the public, up from 490 in 2006. It also enlisted 90 judges from around the blogosphere including college professors, librarians, authors and teachers, as well as teenagers and parents. About 50 judges participated in this first round, and the remaining judges will now decide the winners, to be announced Feb. 14 at 6 a.m. Central time.

 

The Cybils began in 2006 with kidlit bloggers hoping to steer a middle course

between the lofty Newberry Medal and populist Quill Awards. Bloggers decided to organize, start a group blog (at blog.cybils.com) and honor children’s books based both on popularity and literary merit.

 

 

 

2008 CYBILS 

Easy Readers (New Category 2008)

  • I Love My New Toy by Mo Willems (2008 Winner)
  • Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time by James Howe
  • I Will Surprise My Friend! by Mo Willems
  • Maybelle Goes to Tea by Katie Speck
  • Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig by Kate DiCamillo **

 Fantasy and Science Fiction

Teen/Young Adult

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008 Winner)
  • Airman by Eoin Colfer
  • Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  • The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Wake by Lisa McMann

 Elementary/Middle Grade

 Graphic Novels

 

Teen/Young Adult

  • Emiko Superstar written by Mariko Tamaki illustrated by Steve Ralston (2008 Winner)
  • Kin: Good Neighbors, Book 1 written by Holly Black; illustrated by Ted Naifeh
  • Life Sucks written by Jessica Abel and Gabe Soria, illustrated by Warren Pleese
  • Skim written and illustrated by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  • Three Shadows written and illustrated by Cyril Pedrosa

Elementary/Middle Grade

  • Rapunzel’s Revenge written by Shannon and Dean Hale; illustrated by Nathan Hale (2008 Winner)
  • Chiggers written and illustrated by Hope Larson
  • Into the Volcano written and illustrated by Don Wood
  • Jellaby, vol. 1 written and illustrated by Kean Soo
  • The Savage written by David Almond; illustrated by Dave McKean
  • There’s a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales written by Zoe Alley; illustrated by R.W. Alley

Non-fiction

(Middle Grade and YA)

  • The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir written by Cylin Busby and John Busby (2008 Winner)
  • 11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System written by David Aguilar
  • Ain’t Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry written by Scott Reynolds Nelson
  • Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers written by Nancy Amanda Redd
  • King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the American Revolution written by Steve Sheinkin
  • Lincoln Through the Lens written by Martin Sandler
  • Swords: An Artist’s Devotion written and illustrated by Ben Boos
  • We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

 Middle Grade Fiction

  • The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (2008 Winner)
  • Alvin Ho by Lenore Look
  • Diamond Willow by Helen Frost
  • Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
  • Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell

 Young Adult Fiction

  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (2008 Winner)
  • Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
  • I Know It’s Over by C. K. Kelly Martin
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  • Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
  • Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
  • Thaw by Monica Roe

Fiction Picture Books

  • How to Heal a Broken Wing written and illustrated by Bob Graham (2008 Winner)
  • Abe Lincoln Crosses A Creek: A Tall Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend) written by Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by John Hendrix
  • The Big Bad Bunny written by Franny Billingsley; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
  • Chester’s Back written and illustrated by Melanie Watts
  • Katie Loves the Kitttens written and illustrated by John Himmelman
  • The Sea Serpent and Me written by Dashka Slater; illustrated by Catia Chien
  • A Visitor for Bear written by Bonny Becker; illustrated by Kady Denton
  • Wabi Sabi written by Mark Reibstein; illustrated by Ed Young

Non-fiction Picture Books

  • Frogs written and illustrated by Nic Bishop (2008 Winner)
  • A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams written by Jen Bryant; illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • Astronaut Handbook written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy
  • Duel! Burr and Hamilton’s Deadly War of Words written by Dennis Brindell Fradin; illustrated by Larry Day
  • Fabulous Fishes written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale
  • Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw written and illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray
  • Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter

Poetry

  • Honeybee by Naomi Shihab Nye (2008 Winner)
  • America at War illustrated by Stephen Alcorn edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Imaginary Menagerie: A Book of Curious Creatures written by Julie Larios; illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  • More than Friends: Poems from Him and Her written by Sara Holbrook and Allan Wolf
  • On the Farm written by David Elliott and Holly Meade

2007 CYBILS

 

Fantasy and Science Fiction

Teen/Young Adult

  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (2007 Winner)
  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
  • Northlander (Tales of the Borderlands) by Meg Burden
  • Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins
  • Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey

Elementary/Middle Grade

  • The Chaos King by Laura Ruby
  • Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
  • The Land of the Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex (2007 Winner)

Graphic Novels

Teen/Young Adult

  • The Arrival written and illustrated by Shaun Tan
  • Flight Volume Four edited by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Laika written and illustrated by Nick Abadzis
  • The Plain Janes written by Cecil Castellucci; illustrated by Jim Rugg
  • The Professor’s Daughter written by Joann Sfar; illustrated by Emmanuel Guibert (2007 Winner) 

Elementary/Middle Grade

  • Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin; illustrated by Giovanni Rigano and Paolo Lamanna (2007 Winner)
  • Babymouse #6: Camp Babymouse written and illustrated by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  • The Courageous Princess written and illustrated by Rod Espinosa Dark Horse
  • Robot Dreams written and illustrated by Sara Varon
  • Yotsuba&! Volume 4 written and illustrated by Kiyohiko Azuma 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2006 Cybils

Non-fiction

Middle Grade and YA

  • Marie Curie: Giants of Science #4 written by Kathleen Krull
  • The Periodic Table: Elements With Style! written by Adrian Dingle illustrated by Simon Basher
  • Smart-Opedia written by Eve Drobot
  • Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood written by Ibtisam Barakat (2007 Winner)
  • Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the
  • Science of Ocean Motion written by Loree Griffin Burns
  • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain written by Peter Sis (Caldecott Medal)
  • Who Was First?: Discovering the Americas written by Russell Freedman

Middle Grade Fiction

  • A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban (2007 Winner)
  • Cracker: The Best Dog In Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
  • Leap of Faith by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Leepike Ridge by Nathan D. Wilson
  • Louisiana‘s Song by Kerry Madden
  • Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller
  • Wild Girls by Pat Murphy

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Billie Standish Was Here by Nancy Crocker
  • Boy Toy by Barry Lyga (2007 Winner)
  • The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  • Red Glass by Laura Resau
  • Tips on Having a Gay (ex)Boyfriend by Carrie Jones, Flux
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (Newberry Honor)

Fiction Picture Books

  • Pssst! by Adam Rex
  • Go to Bed, Monster! written by Natasha Wing; illustrated by Sylvie Kantorovitz
  • The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County written by Janice N. Harrington; illustrated by Shelley Jackson (2007 Winner)
  • Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  • Four Feet, Two Sandals written by Karen Lynn William & Khadra Mohammad; illustrated by Doug Chayka
  • Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems (Caldecott Honor)
  • The Incredible Book-Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

Non-fiction Picture Books

  • Guess What is Growing Inside this Egg Written and illustrated by Mia Posada
  • Let’s Go!: the Story of Getting from There to Here Written by Lizann Flatt; illustrated by Scot Ritchie
  • Lightship Written and illustrated by Brian Floca (2007 Winner)
  • Living Color Written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins
  • One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II Written and illustrated by Lita Judge
  • Vulture View Written by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by Steve Jenkins
  • Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed…and Revealed Written by David Schwartz and Yael Schy; photographs by Dwight Kuhn

Poetry

  • Animal Poems written by Valerie Worth, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
  • Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village written by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Robert Byrd and Trina Schart Hyman (Newberry Medal)
  • Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry edited by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Polly Dunbar
  • Poems in Black and White written and illustrated by Kate Miller
  • This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated byPamela Zagarenski (2007 Winner)
  • Twist: Yoga Poems written by Janet S. Wong, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  • Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath written by Stephanie Hemphill

2006 CYBILS

Fantasy and Science Fiction

Teen and Young Adult

  • Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud (2006 Winner) **
  • Silver City by Cliff McNish
  • Beka Cooper: Terrier by Tamora Pierce
  • Last Dragon, The by Silvana de Mari
  • Pucker by Melanie Gideon

 

Graphic Novels

Ages 12 and under

  • Amelia Rules, vol. 3: Superheroes by Jimmy Gownley (2006 Winner)
  • Babymouse: Beach Babe by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
  • The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann Martin, Rina Telgemeier
  • Kat and Mouse by Alex De Campi; pictures by Federica Manfredi
  • To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel by Siena Siegel and Mark Siegl

 Ages 13 and up

  • American Born Chinese by Gene Yang (2006 Winner)
  • Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
  • Dramacon Vol. 2 by Svetlana Chmakova
  • Flight Vol. 3 by Kazu Kibuishi & others
  • La Perdida by Jessica Abel

 

Non-fiction

Middle Grade and Young Adult

  • Freedom Walkers written by Russell Freedman (2006 Winner)
  • Escape! written by Sid Fleischman
  • Immersed in Verse written by Alan Wolf
  • Isaac Newton written by Kathleen Krull; illustrated by Boris Kulikov
  • Team Moon written by Catherine Thimmesh  

Fiction

Middle Grade

  • A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: A Melodrama by Laura Amy Schlitz (2006 Winner)
  • Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Heat by Mike Lupica
  • Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller
  • Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

 

Teen and Young Adult

  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (2006 Winner)
  • The Book Thief written by Markus Zusak
  • A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life written by Dana Reinhardt
  • Hattie Big Sky written by Kirby Larson (Newberry Honor)
  • The Rules of Survival written by Nancy Werlin

 

Fiction Picture Books

  • Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (2006 Winner)
  • Emily’s Balloon written and illustrated by Komako Sakai
  • Learning to Fly written and illustrated by Sebastian Meschenmoser
  • Waiting for Gregory written by Kimberly Willis Holt; illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
  • Wolves written and illustrated by Emily Gravett  

Non-fiction Picture Books

  • An Egg Is Quiet written by Dianna Aston; illustrated by Sylvia Long (2006 Winner)
  • 3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet written and illustrated by Bob Raczka
  • Aliens Are Coming!: The True Account Of The 1938 War Of The Worlds Radio Broadcast written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy
  • An Island Grows written by Lola M. Schaefer; illustrated by Cathie Felstead
  • Little Lost Bat written by Sandra Markle; illustrated by Alan Marks

 

Poetry

  • Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow written by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes (2006 Winner)
  • Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich written and illustrated by Adam Rex
  • Handsprings written and illustrated by Douglas Florian
  • Jazz written by Walter Dean Myers; illustrated by Christopher Myers
  • Tour America: A Journey Through Poems and Art written by Diane Siebert; illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson

 

 


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