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2014 Judge: Jennifer Holm

Jennifer L. Holm is a New York Times bestselling children’s author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise.  Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series — the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. […]

2014 Judge: Sheila Turnage

Sheila Turnage lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, their finicky dog, a dozen chickens and a flock of hysterical guineas. In between driving into town for chicken feed and cooking for the dog, she writes novels for middle grade readers. Her first, Three Times Lucky, features Miss Moses LoBeau and Dale […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will add it in here. Our SLJ person-on-the-ground Shelley Diaz produced two terrific BOB pieces this week: Title Match: […]

2014 Judge: Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver is likely composing this bio on her Blackberry while standing in line at the airport, a Starbucks, or possibly the airport Starbucks. For this reason, she is the last person on earth to still own a Blackberry. Her single greatest passion, other than writing, is sleeping; had she been able to make a […]

2014 Judge: Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal–winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. His 2013 […]

2014 Judge: Vaunda Nelson

A children’s librarian and author, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson blames her life in books on a mother and father who read relentlessly to her. Through her work she hopes to give young people some of what her parents gave her — opportunities to grow through story. Nelson’s No Crystal Stair came out on top in last […]

2014 Judge: Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski is the author of Don’t Even Think About It (March 2014, Delacorte Press), the Magic in Manhattan and Whatever After series, as well as Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have), Milkrun, and more. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages and Bras & Broomsticks was optioned to […]

2014 Judge: Yuyi Morales

Born and raised in Mexico, Yuyi Morales has been a radio producer and children’s book creator since coming to the United States. Her books which have won numerous awards and honors include Little Night and its Spanish edition, Nochecita, a 2008 ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and the Spanish […]

Predictions and Guesses

So which Round One contenders do YOU think are are going on to Round Two? There is a small book-related prize for whoever gets the most correct!  Submit your guesses here.  

2014 Judge: Katherine Marsh

Katherine Marsh’s latest young adult novel Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, lost its round in the 2013 Battle of the Books to another book with a celestial title (don’t get too excited nerdfighters, the heavyweight in question was by the talented Grace Lin). She consoled herself by doing what all gracious non-winners do–used her abject […]