It’s early October, which means that nominations for the 2014 Cybils are in full swing! Founded in 2006, the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards aim to celebrate books that have literary merit AS WELL AS kid appeal. During the open nominations period, anyone (excepting authors, publishers, and publicists—their turn comes later) can nominate an eligible title:

The big one: The book needs to be published between October 16, 2013 and October 15, 2014. Oh, and ONE book per CATEGORY per PERSON. No exceptions. The form will kick you back if you try to nominate more than one book (or if someone else has already nominated the book).

This year, I’m serving on the YA Fiction first round panel, which means that from now until late December, I’ll be reading like a fiend in an attempt to blast (in a thoughtful, careful way) through as many of the titles on the list as possible, and then argue/discuss/debate with the other first-rounders as to which titles should move on to the second round. If you HAVEN’T nominated yet, check the lists to see if your favorites have already been claimed—and if they have, here are a few others that (as of the writing of this column) haven’t:


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Reality Boy, by A.S. King

Given King’s passionate following and the various starred reviews the book received, I’m rather shocked that this one—about a 17-year-old who’s still famous for a reality show that aired when he was 5—hasn’t been nominateRite of Passaged yet. As it pubbed on October 22 of last year, it’s just barely eligible, but it would be a shame for it to miss out on the glory because of that! Regardless of whether or not it ends up on the list, I’m going to track down a copy ASAP.

He Said She Said, by Kwame Alexander

1. I really loved The Crossover. 2. Romantic comedies often get forgotten when awards season rolls around. 3. IT JUST LOOKS SO CUTE.

White Space, by Ilsa J. Bick

It’s a toss-up as to whether this one (if nominated) will land in YA Speculative Fiction or plain old YA Fiction—when you’re dealing with an unreliable narrator, just how far do you take her at her word?—and it certainly sounds like one that’ll be divisive, but either way, A) I want to read it, and B) I’m surprised that it hasn’t been nominated.

Rites of Passage, by Joy N. Hensley

A book about the first unaccompanied minorgirl at a military high school? How did this one fly under my radar?

And We Stay, by Jenny Hubbard

Poetry and boarding school and suicide and abortion and grief and healing. Don’t hold the decapitated girl on the cover against it.

Unaccompanied Minor, by Hollis Gillespie

A MacGuyer addict teams up with a pit-corgi and a cigarette-sneaking flight attendant to foil a hijacking. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

And that’s just six examples! There’s also Save the Enemy and Cy in Chains and Roomies and Little Blue Lies and Bright Before Sunrise and The Sound of Letting Go and Faking Normal and Sway and Beetle Boy and…well, you get the idea.

If she isn't writing Bookshelves of Doom or running the show at her local library, Leila Roy might be making stuff for her Etsy shop while rewatching Veronica Mars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5, Black Books or Twin Peaks. Well, that or she’s hanging out on Twitter. Or both.