Winners of the 2012 Children's and Young Adults Bloggers' Literary Awards

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Isn't it lovely when someone tells us about the best books that were published in a certain year?

Logo for Cybils 2012 awards
Yes, someone does the "dirty" work of reading through all the best (and not so good) children's literature in a given year and then - after drinking a lot of coffee - they make a list of the best among the best!

The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year's best children's and young adult titles.

Anyone can theoretically be part of the Cybils judging committee (if you are a prolific kidlit blogger you can apply in August for the jury of next year's awards).

These are some really impressive bloggers  who are taking the trouble to short-list the cream of the crop for us parents.

So, strap on your seat belts and lets find out who are the winners of this year's awards in 13 categories. The winners were announced today (February 14, 2013). Wow!

Read on to find out who won!
The seventh season of the Cybils (Children's and Young Adults Bloggers' Literary Awards) has some tasty treats on offer for all readers and libraries.

OK, before we delve deeper into the list of winners, it wouldn't be harmful to learn who is eligible for this award anyway.

So, any English or bilingual book specifically published for the children’s or young adult market  in the USA or Canada between the end of one contest and start of another is eligible.

For the 2012 awards that were just announced in February 2013, that means books released between Oct. 16, 2011 and Oct. 15, 2012.

Let's go!

Elementary and Middle Grade

1. Fiction Picture Books

front cover of A Home for Bird book
A Home for Bird
by Philip Stead

watch a video book trailer of A Home for Bird

2. Non-fiction Picture Books

front cover of Mrs. Harkness and the Panda
Mrs. Harkness and the Panda
by Alicia Potter, ill. Melissa Sweet

3. Easy Readers

A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse front cover
A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse
by Frank Viva (author/illustrator) 

watch a video book trailer of Frank Viva's
smashing earlier creation "Along a Long Road"

4. Early Chapter Books 

Sadie and Ratz front cover
Sadie and Ratz
by Sonya Hartnett, ill. Ann James 

5. Graphic Novels 

Giants Beware! front cover
Giants Beware!
by Jorge Aguirre, ill. Rafael Rosado 

watch a video book trailer of Giants Beware!

6. Fantasy and Science Fiction 

The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy front cover
The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy
by Jennifer A. Nielsen  

watch a video book trailer of The False Prince

7. Middle Grade Fiction

Wonder by RJ Palacio front cover
by R.J. Palacio  
watch a video book trailer of Wonder 

watch RJ Palacio read a chapter from Wonder

8. Poetry

BookSpeak!: Poems About Books front cover
BookSpeak!: Poems About Books
by Laura Purdie Salas, ill. Josée Bisaillon  

watch a video book trailer of BookSpeak! 

9. Poetry

DragonBrush app image
Dragon Brush
by By Small Planet Digital  

Young Adult 

10. Non-Fiction Books

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon front page
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
by Steve Sheinkin

Listen to Steve Sheinkin introduce and share some of the backstory for creating Bomb.

11. Graphic Novels

Friends With Boys front page
Friends With Boys
by Faith Erin Hicks

watch an interview with Faith Erin Hicks

12. Fantasy and Science Fiction

Seraphina front cover
by Rachel Hartman

watch a video book trailer

13. Young Adult Fiction

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl front cover
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews

The full list of Cybils finalists is available here.

Which of these winning books captured your mind and soul?

Which of these books have you read and recommend?

Please let me know in the comments below.


  1. Yeah! I was a judge for the Easy Reader/Early Chapter book category and I'm so thrilled with all these wonderful choices! Also, thanks to you, Bomb arrived in the mail yesterday. Can't wait to start reading!

  2. Wow Stacey,

    Way to go! So happy that you had that lovely experience of judging the Cybils! The winning books look so tempting!

    So happy that Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon arrived! It made me really happy that you won the Read Aloud Dad book giveaway!

    Please don't forget to share some of your impressions after you read it, or if you review it one day on your blog ( ) please let us know with a link to your post!

    Read Aloud Dad

    Re: Stacey Loscalzo

  3. I am so excited Wonder won and thanks for the trailers of all the great books!

  4. YAY for Cybils - I was with Stacey on the Easy Reader / Early Chapter book category, and I'm delighted with the books that were shortlisted and our chosen winners. BOMB! is tremendous - I read it last week, with a personal interest, as my grandfather was one of the British Scientists working at Oak Ridge during the war.

  5. Thanks PragmaticMom,]

    I badly badly want to read Wonder! Now that you mentioned it - I feel like I can resist no more. I must put that book on my "to order" list.

    Oh my, I will break the Read Aloud Dad bank. Plus, I want to read Bomb! I think it must be a fab non-fiction addition to anyone's home library.

    Dilemmas, dilemmas...

    Read Aloud Dad

    Re: @twitter-100818788:disqus

  6. Wow Zoe!

    Another Cybils judge in my comments section!

    I have not read Bomb - but I am spellbound by the topic, the title and the cover page. It seems to be a James Bond spy story meets real science meets WW II heroics type of book that I can't resist.

    And you have a grandfather that worked at Oak Ridge! Talk about exciting!

    Oh my! My kids are not old enough yet, but I need to read Bomb now. (too bad it doesn't have a book trailer)

    No more waiting for me!

    Read Aloud Dad

    Re: Zoe

    PS: Any behind-the-scene Cybils gossip that you care to share with us and the world? Like - the best dressed judge or the best post-award parties? :-) I promise not to tell...