#Cybils: 2015 Elementary and Middle Grade Nonfiction Finalists Announced

To start the New Year out with a bang, it is time to announce the 2015 Cybils Awards finalists.

Cybils-Logo-2015-Web-SmIf you have been following this blog, you will know that this year I have been serving as a round I judge in the Elementary and Middle Grade Nonfiction category. After reading over 100 children’s books, we have narrowed the list to seven finalists. The round II judges will pick the winner from this list. Winners are announced in the second week of February.

Elementary and Middle Grade Nonfiction Finalists:
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Guts and Glory: The Vikings by Ben Thompson (reviewed at Wrapped in Foil)

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow is middle grade nonfiction that reads like a thriller. It is fast paced and informative.

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls, tells the story of a young man who cycled 400 miles across Ghana in 2001. This in itself is a feat, but he did it with only one leg! (reviewed at Wrapped in Foil)

I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are by Bridget Heos and illustrated by Jennifer Plecas (reviewed at Growing with Science)

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon reveals an innovative solution to a common environmental problem.

Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America’s Presidents by David Stabler and illustrated by Doogie Horner shows that kids who grow up to be famous have some of the same problems as regular kids.

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey is a timely biography of a pioneering primatologist.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

2015 Cybils Nominations Opening October 1

Did you read some great children’s books this year? If the books were published between October 16, 2014 and October 15, 2015, consider nominating one or more for a Cybils (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards).


Nominations are open October 1, 2015 at 12:00am PST through October 15, 2015.

You don’t have to be a member of a group or have a blog to participate. Simply select your books, go to the Cybils website and check for the nomination forms for the appropriate categories* once they open.

*Cybils nominations and judging are separated by genre and age categories. The descriptions for each category is currently on the Cybils blog. Some categories include:

  • Fiction Picture Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Poetry
  • Easy Reader/Easy Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
  • Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • YA Nonfiction
  • YA Speculative Fiction

Be sure to read the descriptions prior to nominating.

By the way, I am pleased to announce I am a round 1 panelist in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category this year.

Round 1 Panelists

Ellen Zschunke
On the Shelf 4 Kids

Bridget R. Wilson
What is Bridget Reading?

Amy Broadmoore
Delightful Children’s Books

Elisa Bergslien
Leopards and Dragons

Roberta Gibson
Wrapped in Foil

Reshama Deshmukh
Stacking Books

Laura Arnhold

Round 2

Alyson Beecher
Kid Lit Frenzy

Julie Larios
The Drift Record

Carrie Gelson
There’s a book for that

MaryAnn Scheuer
Great Kid Books

Sue Leopold
Through the Prairie Garden

Congratulations to everyone. Let the reading begin!

Cybils 2015: Call for Volunteer Judges

Do you blog about children’s books on a regular basis? The Cybils are back and the call for judges is going on until September 9, 2015.


What are Cybils? The acronym stands for children’s and young adult bloggers literary awards. Bloggers who specialize in children’s and young adult books have developed the Cybils awards to highlight some of the best books published in the previous year.

Volunteer judges are needed to read and evaluate the nominated titles in a range of genres. There are two rounds of judging, so be sure to read the judging details to decide which panels you would like to apply for.

Being a Cybils judge is a wonderful opportunity to meet others interested in children’s books and to read some of the top books in the industry. Hope to see you there.

Cybils 2013: The Nonfiction Judges

Excitement is in the air. Why? In case you hadn’t heard, the names of Cybils judges for 2013 were released this week. cybils-2013-logo

If you check the list of Nonfiction Elementary/Middle Grade Judges, yes, there I am in the Round 2 judges list. Yay!

My fellow Round 2 Judges:

Let’s not forget our wonderful Nonfiction Elementary/Middle Grade organizer, Jennifer Wharton of Jean Little Library.

Congratulations to all the judges, and looking forward to reading all the great books nominated this year!

Now it is time to get ready for nominations, which open October 1, 2013.