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Battle of the Books

Our Distinguished Judges…

will be announced, one every weekday, starting this Wednesday, February 6th.  And they are awesome! Just wait and see.


  1. ElleLibrarian says:

    What a tease! :)

  2. Battle Commander Battle Commander says:

    Any guesses? (Hint: all new judges. None have done this before.)

  3. Has Gary Schmidt? I think he has, because I believe he might have broken my heart. I will need to go back and check.

    I know you mostly use authors, but you did use Anita Silvy once. The Children’s Lit expert I would love to hear from is K.T. Horning. I’m just saying.

    Also, Jane Yolen is due!

    How about Jack Gantos and Matt de la Pena, please, please, please.

    Or, or, or Laurie Halse Anderson! Yes, yes, yes!

    I could play this game all day but I have work to do, so . . .

  4. N.D. Wilson? Mac Barnett?

  5. All new judges! Wow, I wish I weren’t too lazy to double check all the years.

    Let’s see, some of my favorites of course have books this year. I’ll think about the also-rans and last year’s contestants:

    Mal Peet?
    Ruta Sepetys?
    Anne Ursu?
    Franny Billingsley?
    Brian Selznick?
    Laini Taylor?
    Candace Fleming?
    Patrick Ness?
    Megan Whalen Turner?
    Kadir Nelson?
    Kathi Appelt?
    Louis Sachar?
    Adam Gidwitz?
    Tanya Stone?
    Deborah Wiles?
    Marc Aronson?

    Now if you’d given us a few more clues….

  6. Ooo, I want James Kennedy! The Unorthodox Newbery winner….

  7. Genevieve says:

    Linda Urban?
    Andrea Pinkney?
    Adam Rex?
    Jeanne Birdsall?
    Tanita Davis?

  8. Genevieve says:

    Hm, not Adam Rex, he’s done it before.
    Joan Bauer?
    Rita Williams-Garcia?
    Richard Peck?
    Sharon Creech?
    Lisa Yee?
    Jacqueline Woodson?
    Ingrid Law?
    Maryrose Wood?
    Carl Hiaasen?
    Jerry Spinelli?
    Robin McKinley?

  9. Will there be the same kid commentators this year? please bring back the ones from last year, i absolutely adored GI and the other one whos initials i do not remember! i would love to read more from them.

  10. Battle Commander Battle Commander says:

    Sondy’s got 3 and Genevieve 1. (Some of your guesses have already been judges.) And, Ellen, we hope to have both of last year’s Kid Commentators back along with some new ones.

  11. Zen-like, I await the announcements.

  12. Battle Commander Battle Commander says:

    Also, thank you for these lists because they are giving us ideas for future judges!

  13. Genevieve says:

    My last batch of guesses! Hoping to get at least another one.

    Jennifer Holm
    Tom Angleberger
    David Levithan
    Kekla Magoon
    Jessica Day George
    Sharon Draper
    Candace Fleming
    Daniel Handler
    Maureen Johnson
    Philip Hoose
    Uma Krishnaswamy
    Paolo Bacigalupi
    Elizabeth Partridge

  14. Genevieve says:

    Sorry, delete Philip Hoose (I forgot he wrote Moonbird!) and Candace Fleming (already on Sondy’s list).
    How about Nikki Grimes and Patricia Wrede instead?

  15. Battle Commander Battle Commander says:

    Sorry, Genevieve, but no to all of them:) But we’ve definitely tried to get some of them — we always aim for the sky!

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