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January 01, 2010



Thank you so so much, Anne, for all your hard work making this wonderful award happen! It was a very great pleasure and honor to be part of the process, and they are lovely lists!


WHOOOOOOT. Congratulations to all of the authors and illustrators who made it to the shortlists! Thank you to all the panelists!

Kate Messner

These are fantastic lists - many thanks to the panelists who read (and read and read and read) these past few months to bring us the finalists. I see many of my favorites on here as well as a few titles I hadn't discovered on my own but will add those to my 2010 reading list!

Kara (Tardisgrl)

Wow--what an impressive list! A big 'well-done' to everyone involved. In fact, congratulations to the Cybils in general for instituting such a massive undertaking that involves so many dedicated people and gets everyone excited about great books for children and teens. Can't wait to see the finalists--good luck to the Round 2 judges; looks like you've got some tough choices to make :)

Carol Wilcox

Thanks for all of your hard work pulling all of this together. I LOVED being on a committee and getting to know a whole bunch of terrific books and readers! These lists are wonderful-- a whole bunch of new titles for my 2010 reading list! Thanks again!



Great lists. Congratulations to everyone. Thanks, Anne, for all your hard work in making this award a reality.

Andromeda Jazmon

This is really wonderful & exciting!! Thanks to all who worked so hard on this!!

Fuse #8

Magnificent list! So many fabulous books. Just one quick fiction question about the fiction list. Was Chains allowed to be nominated because it was an October 2008 release? I love that book to pieces, so it got on because of its late publication last year, right?

Joni Sensel

One more heartfelt thanks for what must be a huge and sometimes crazy-making undertaking. Sending virtual chocolate and bubble bath to the whole judging/reading team!


You all are AMAZING!! Those are some majorly impressive stats, and as round two judge, I SOOOOO appreciate the hard work that has gone into everything up to this point. :)


Anne, let me pile on my thanks for all your hard work. Those of us who blog know how much goes into a "regular" post, much less a set as extensive and link-laden as these.

My second year as a panelist was as fun as my first, and you, Sheila, and the Category Organizers make it so easy for us to read all these nominees. THANKS!

Susan (Chicken Spaghetti)

More good books! Can't wait to dive into these lists.


This was my first experience as a panelist, and it was an absolutely delightful one. Just looked through all the lists, and I'm very impressed with all of them. How wonderful that the kidlit community comes together to support the Cybils.


I agree with Karen. It was my first time as a panelist, and it was a blast. What fun to read about the books on everyone else's list, too.


Hey Everyone:

First, to Ms. Fuse: Yes, my understanding is that Chains came out after last year's contest ended. So it was eligible.

Second, this was no trouble at all folks. Hard work? What's that? Sheila and the organizers did all the heavy lifting. I just nodded sagely and sat back and watched it all get done.

Happy New Year all. And happy reading!

Sheila Ruth

Anne has a lot more to do with the success of the Cybils than she gives herself credit for. Her leadership style strikes the perfect balance of keeping us on track without being overly controlling. We also have a terrific group of people, panelists and organizers, who all pull together to make it work. I've been involved in other volunteer efforts before, but have never seen one that runs as well as the Cybils.

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, and publishers behind the shortlisted books!

Little Willow

Kudos and congrats to all of the readers and writers!

Mama Librarian

This was a spectacular, wild ride. I wish I could take a week off work and read the entire short list! =) Thanks, Anne, for everything you've done this year.

holly cupala

A really stellar group of finalists - congrats to everyone, and huge thanks to all those involved in the Herculean task of choosing wonderful books!

Rasco from RIF

I could not wait to arrive back home today to a reliable internet connection to review the full listings...wow, how exciting to see so many favorites from this past year as well as new titles I look forward to reading. Congratulations to all who have organized, served as panelists, and to the authors and illustrators on the short lists as well! Excitement builds!


Many thanks for all these thanks! And, uh, thanks to all of you.

Jonathan Hunt

Why are 2008 books such as CHAINS and TIGER MOON included among the 2009 finalists?


Hi Jonathan:

As it says in the header (although very briefly), any book published between last year's contest and this one is eligible. Last year's nominations closed on Oct. 15th. So any book pub'd from Oct. 16th, 2008 through the end of this contest's nominations (Oct. 15th, 2009) was eligible.

Sorry if that's confusing. But when we did it strictly by year, we had a hard time getting review copies of anything published in late November or early December. It was also hard to track them down in libraries, effectively making the books ineligible.

So we compromised and did it by contest date instead, and our problems have pretty much disappeared. This year, we were able to track down and read more than 99% of the nominated titles.

I hope that clears things up.
-Anne Levy
Cybils Admin.


Congratulations to the authors & illustrators of the finalists - and to the Cybils panelists for your commitment and thoughtfulness! Can't wait to get my hands on the ones I've not yet read!

Christine Taylor-Butler

I don't envy this daunting task. It's a lot of books to read so near the holiday season. So thank you from those of us on the nomination list. It was an honor to be included among such wonderful literature.

Joan Holub

Thanks for explaining how the process works, Anne. Many thanks to you and everyone on the panels for reading so many books on a schedule--especially during the holidays. xoxo And congratulations to all the finalists!

Kate Fall

You all do such a wonderful job! Congratulations. I missed you all this year and remember how hard it was to get all those books read last year. A Herculean feat. And now I can't wait to read the short lists for this year!

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