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Battle of the Books

What BoB Means to Kate Coombs

Every January I wait for it, popcorn bowl and root beer in hand. No, not the Super Bowl. Not even the ALA Book Awards. (I wait for those with a library card in hand.) We’re talking SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books! In 2010 I mourned the loss of The Frog Scientist even though I […]

Show Some Love, Vote for the Undead!

Although the 2012 Battle of the Kids’ Books won’t officially begin until March 13, there is an “underground movement” already on its way. Yup! The Undead Voting Vault opens its doors today — and will remain open until Sunday, March 11th — so everyone following the Battle has a chance to support their beloved titles to […]

Judges and Brackets and Super Fans, Oh My!

We’ve revealed all the judges and you can see what rounds they are judging over on the sidebar or on our really beautiful bracket (ready to download and print out for display in your library) here. Tomorrow the Undead Poll opens (yes!!!) and then be sure to come back on Wednesday when we start something new […]

2012 Judge: Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series, which has over 58 million copies in print in the USA and Canada. Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent […]

2012 Judge: E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart’s book The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks lost its round in the 2009 Battle of the Books to We Are The Ship. She has written seven other YA novels — all pugnacious but none actually in fighting condition. There is no truth to the rumors that she also writes under the name Emily […]

2012 Judge: Barbara O’Connor

Barbara O’Connor draws on her Southern roots to create middle grade books, including The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester, and How to Steal a Dog. Her books have been recognized for many distinctions, including winning several state children’s choice awards (including her home state of South Carolina), Parents […]

2012 Judge: Ron Koertge

Ron Koertge is the author of many celebrated novels, including STONER & SPAZ, STRAYS, and THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS, all American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP, an American Library Association Top Ten Sports Books for Youth Selection; and THE ARIZONA KID, an American Library Association pick for “one of the ten […]

2012 Judge: Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery is an award-winning author for children and adults. During her research Sy has endured being chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica. She has worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana. Her […]

2012 Judge: Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

A Few Recent Peanuts and Tweets

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we highlight responses to the latest BoB activity. And so here are some recent ones related to this year’s contest that we came across. If we missed yours, let us know in the comments and we’ll add them in here. Paula over at Pink Me will be following along […]