The nomination period for this year’s CYBILS Awards opens on October 1st and closes October 15th. Anyone can nominate their favorites in more than ten categories from picture books to Young Adult (one nomination per category). After you nominate it’s time to sit back and let the judges dig into the list of books. Winners are announced February 14, 2018.
I always prepare a short list to be ready just in case my first choice is already nominated. The books must have been published from October 16, 2016- October 15, 2017. Here are just a few of my favorites in the Middle Grade Fiction category I hope get nominated (In Random Order):
MIDDLE GRADE FICTION
THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM by Kathleen Burkinshaw
ONE GOOD THING ABOUT AMERICA by Ruth Freeman
THE ONLY ROAD by Alexandra Diaz
ARMSTRONG AND CHARLIE by Steven B. Frank
I LOVE YOU MICHAEL COLLINS by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
SUPERSTAR by Mandy Davis
LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar
THINGS THAT SURPRISE YOU by Jennifer Maschari
CALEB and KIT by Beth Vrabel
What an impressive body of work! Get your list together and nominate your favorite. You can even use one of mine!
I learned earlier this week I’ll be returning as one of the CYBILS round 2 judges in this category. Our work does not begin until late December after the Round 1 judges finish paring down the list of close to—in all likelihood—one hundred nominated titles to a more workable 5-7. I’m looking forward to finding out which MG novels make the cut.
Have a great weekend!