One of the best things to wake up to on January 1 is the announcement of the Cybils shortlists. This year (last year?) I was a first-round panelist for Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, so I knew what was going to be on that list, inside and out. But there are lots of other categories! Here are some highlights:
- The Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction list, of course. I wrote the blurb for Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge, and it is brilliant (the book, not the blurb. The blurb doesn't do the book justice).
- Fiction Picture Books. This is a big category, so I was pleased to see Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien (my nominee) on the shortlist.
- Elementary and Middle Grade Nonfiction. I was a second-round panelist/judge for this category last year, when the finalists were almost all science books. This time the balance tips to biography.
There's something for everyone (even in Book Apps, the category I know the least about). In the past, I've tried to read at least one new book from each category, or all of the books in a category not my own, before the winners are announced on February 14. I have other reading (and blogging) goals for this year, though! I'll be back tomorrow to share some of those. Happy new year!