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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Cybils Finalists Announced


Cybils---Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards--- announced the finalists for the 2020 Awards on January 1st.

Once again I am a second-round judge for the nonfiction category. Because of COVID-related issues our judging duties have been expanded to include elementary nonfiction as well. That means that this year I will be reading and evaluating 21 books by February 14th, the date the winners are announced.

Take a look at the finalists in all categories here. (Cybils

Elementary  Nonfiction finalists:

-The Fighting Infantryman // Sanders

-Civil War Hero: Robert Smalls // Halfmann

-The Next President // Messner

-Dinosaur Lady // Skeers

-No Voice Too Small // Metcalf

-Winged Wonders // Pincus

-Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera // Fleming


Middle-Grade Nonfiction finalists:

-All Thirteen // Soontornvat

-How We Got to the Moon //Rocco 

-Normal: One Kid's Incredible Journey // Newman

-Plasticus Maritimus // Pego

-STEM in the Final Four // Marquardt

-This is Your Brain on Stereotypes // Kyi

-The Talk: Conversations on Race, Love, and Truth // Hudson


 High School Nonfiction finalists:

-All Boys Aren't Blue: a Memoir-Manifesto // Johnson

-Jane Against the World // Blumenthal

-Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You // Reynolds

-The Cat I Never Named // Sabric-El-Rayess

-Throw Like a Girl, Cheer Like a Boy // Ryle

- Walk Toward the Rising Sun // Duany

-The Radium Girls: Young Reader's Edition // Moore

Fortunately I got a bit of running start having read four of the books before the finalists were announced and I've managed to read three others in the last few days. I'm off to the races!



  1. Great category! You have even more books to read than I do. Good luck!


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