2020 Cybils Finalists – YA Categories

Here are the final lists of finalists (get it?) for the 2020 Cybils Awards. The lists below are focused on books for high school and teens: YA Graphic Novels, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Speculative Fiction, and High School Nonfiction. Look for the winners of all of the categories on February 14th.


Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder

Displacement by Kiku Hughes

Flamer by Mike Curato

Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Gurihiru

That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story by Huda Fahmy

You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez, illustrated by Julie Maroh


Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

The Edge of Anything by Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson


Burn by Patrick Ness

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold (I nominated this one!)

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland


All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess and Laura L. Sullivan

Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights by Karen Blumenthal

The Radium Girls Young Reader’s Edition: The Scary But True Story of the Poison That Made People Glow in the Dark by Kate Moore

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Throw Like a Girl, Cheer Like a Boy: The Evolution of Gender, Identity and Race in Sports by Robyn Ryle

Walk Toward the Rising Sun: From Child Soldier to Ambassador of Peace by Ger Duany and Garen Thomas

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – January 8

Happy new year! Here is some library and book news to welcome a new and hopefully better year for us all:


2021 Titles by/for/about Latinx – Latinxs in Kid Lit

Dr. Seuss’ net worth in 2020 is actually shocking – Showbiz CheatSheet

How author Jacqueline Woodson gets it done – The Cut

How children’s books grapple with the Native American experience – NPR

I Spy Louise Fitzhugh: a conversation with Leslie Brody – Los Angeles Review of Books

Michael Morpurgo denies ‘censoring’ Merchant of Venice in children’s book – The Guardian

Struggling to discuss tough topics with a kid? Here are books that might help – NPR


REALM Test Results – American Libraries

Social equity policy at San Diego Library boosting branches in low-income neighborhoods – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Toronto library staff are calling more than 20,000 seniors for a quick check-in chat during the pandemic – Toronto Star


5 books to help young people understand racism – The Conversation

2021 debut MG & YA authors – Crazyquiltedi

Co-authors of “Tiny Pretty Things” discuss the Netflix adaptation and what’s next – BuzzFeed

Get cozy with these winter 2021 YA books for your TBR – Book Riot

Q & A with Angie Thomas – Publishers Weekly

These 33 YA books of 2021 are worth saving your gift cards for – Epic Reads