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Battle of the Books

Round 1, Match 1: Brown Girl Dreaming vs Children of the King

JUDGE – HOLLY BLACK Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett Candlewick On the face of it, these books have little in common. They are set in different countries, in different historical periods, and told in very different ways. One is prose, the other poetry. One […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post (which will be after the Battle commences!). Around the […]

Undead Voting Update: Four Days Left to Make It Happen!

We at the Command Center have been monitoring the Undead poll closely.  Currently, there is a definite leader with 2 or 3 titles closely behind — but the situation can change with a dozen or so votes going a particular way.  It is not that huge a gap between any of the top choices. Which […]

WNDB@BOB

Every year, we pick 16 books to participate in the Battle of the Kids’ Books, and unlike the prestigious award committees that can’t explicitly discuss diversity in terms of their criteria, we actively seek to balance our field in terms of racial and ethnic diversity, genre diversity, diversity of audience (juvenile vs. young adult), and […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post. (A bit sparse this week, but we figure things […]