Second only to Dave Barry's Annual Year in Review, we have the 2017 Cybils Award Finalists announced today!
As a member of the Board Book/Fiction Picture Book panel, I can heartily attest to the statement that this was "a difficult year". In addition to the craziness mentioned in today's announcement post, I have to say this was the most diverse panel I have been on. Well that is definitely a good thing, as it means more readers are represented, it meant a LOT more discussion was needed in order to come up with a final seven. While conversations were at times emotional, they were always professional and respectful, which is something I think the world as a whole could use more of in 2018.
Without further ado, here are the short-lists for each category - these are the books you MUST order, if you are a librarian. If you are like me you will be silently flogging yourself for each title you don't already have. That's one of the beauties of Cybils, though: since virtually anyone can nominate a title, we get to see a multitude of titles that may otherwise have escaped out notice. Below are titles and authors, head over to Cybils to read descriptions and rave reviews!