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Battle of the Books

Don’t Leave It to Chances!

You never know which books the judges are going to move forward down the road.  Many surprises await the BoB spectators.  So, don’t leave it to chances. Make sure your most beloved book makes it to the final round. VOTE FOR TODAY! (Remember, the poll closes on March 11.)

What BoB Means to DaNae Leu

Football enthusiasts get the Super Bowl. Horse Racing enthusiasts get the Derby. Reality TV enthusiasts get roses, snuffed torches, and temper tantrums. What do children’s lit enthusiasts get? We get the knockdown, drag-out of ALA in January. Oops, no, that is not what I meant. (Because, as everyone knows, when it comes to the revered […]

What BoB Means to Sondy Eklund

I was delighted to meet Roxanne and Monica and Jonathan at ALA Midwinter Meeting, when I went to view a Notable Books’ committee meeting.  I’ve long been so pleased about the way I’ve made real life friends via my own website, and how delightful it is to learn that I can also make friends from […]

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 […]