Just before the Battle began, a few more BoB Followers gave us their predictions.
Jen at Read for Keeps offered hers complete with a charming sketch:
Armed with my mug o’ tea (naught but the finest Alishan high mountain tea leaves, of course), I attempt to divine the course of the 2013 SLJ Battle of the Kids’ Books. Behold my bracket:
Lisa also at Read for Keeps also chimed in:
School Library Journal’s BoB is one of my favorite events of the year. The mad scramble to read all 16 contenders, the howls of misery and delight (remember last year when a certain book lost via a coin toss?), and, of course, a spectacular opportunity to demonstrate my lack of divination powers.
The Brain Lair considered:
But, today starts my favorite Battle, the one School Library Journal (SLJ) puts on each year! The 16-book list is handed out after the ALA Youth Media Awards. Starting mid- to late March, an author will judge two books and decide which moves to the second round. This goes on each weekday until we get to the Big Kahuna. The book Kahuna judges the final two books plus a book that rises from the dead! Each year, SLJ adds a new twist to the contest. This year – students writing as books! Check out Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4. Such a great idea! I must figure out a way to incorporate it!
Sondy did her predictions too:
It’s that time of year! School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books is starting up! (I keep hearing this rumbling that other tournaments happen in March, but I’ve never heard about anything so exciting.)
Once the Battle got underway, a number of our followers had things to say. (This is going up Saturday morning so we will add in later links as they become available. And, as always, let us know in the comments if we missed yours so we can add it in as well.)
- Liz B started by giving us her picks and now is doing posts on each match. So far they are here, here, and here. (Is she gloating just a tad? Read her posts to see why she might be doing just that.)
- LIbrariYAn is also following along daily –with appropriate songs no less! So far she’s weighed in on Bomb vs. Wonder , Code Name Verity vs Titanic, and Endangered vs Three Times Lucky.
- BooksnStories commented on Bomb — Da BOMB! and Battle Joined.
- Random Musings of a Bibliophile has some reactions to the first round.
- Sondy’s report of the first week is here.
- Book Nut’s is here (picked up early Monday).
- Finally, there’s Horn Book editor Roger Sutton who is judging the judges. He’s got some strong opinons (and winners) with his first two brackets: Oppel v. Engle and Applet v.Caletti. Be sure to also read the comments — and give your own!
Over at Twitter: