One of the things I flaked on doing in 2017 was volunteering for the Cybils. Blogging can be a lonely business, but the Cybils are one of those community events that reminds me that there are others just like me out there, who love kids' and teen books and love to talk about them and think about them.
But I didn't start this post just to talk about how wonderful the Cybils are - even though they are wonderful, and the people who did volunteer are total superheroes.
What I really wanted to share was that they released their finalist shortlists on January 1! These are the books that made it through the first round (and let me tell you, that's a lot of nominated books) and will go on to be read, discussed, pulled apart, put back together again, and finally one will be chosen for each category and announced on February 14.
Share these lists with parents, teachers, librarians, and of course (always) with young and not-so-young readers.