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The Cybils 2022 Are Coming: A Call for Judges

UPDATE: The call for judges has been extended through Monday September 12.

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be selected as a judge for the Cybils Awards in the Young Adult Fiction category. This year, you could be one as well.

For anyone unfamiliar, the Cybils is a yearly honor for the best in children’s and young adult books. First awarded in 2006, it’s established itself as an award that strives to find the balance between works with “literary merit” and what kids and young adults actually want to read.

To do that, they need a group of dedicated judges—bookish experts and enthusiasts who want to champion the best in books.

That’s where you come in.

If you have a genuine appreciation for these kinds of books—and their categories span the entire library—then this is the perfect opportunity for you. I spent two years watching the Cybils put out a call for judges only to let it pass by because I thought I wasn’t qualified enough. That was a ridiculous mindset. If you’re a librarian, teacher, parent, reviewer—so long as you want to celebrate some amazing books, then you’re more than qualified.

I won’t lie, it’s a bit of work. Last year, I read more than eighty books for my category. And narrowing those down to seven finalists was a challenge. However, the process introduced me to a ton of amazing works I probably would not have made time for otherwise—works I still find myself introducing to readers regularly.

So if this sounds at all like something of interest to you, check out the official call for judges, read what it’s all about, apply before September 9, and maybe you’ll spend the rest of your year buried in books.

4 responses to “The Cybils 2022 Are Coming: A Call for Judges”

  1. […] I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, the Cybils Awards are upon us.Not only that, but the awards dedicated to the […]


  2. The deadline has been extended through the weekend to Monday.

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    1. Hopefully that will allow some great last-minute additions to the judging teams. I made a new post announcing the extension, and I’ll add a note to this one since there’s still a day left to submit applications.


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