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Battle of the Books

Round 1, Match 2: The Crossover vs Egg & Spoon

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JUDGE –  ISABEL QUINTERO The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Harcourt Brace and Company Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire Candlewick Press It wasn’t easy picking a winner for this round of Battle of the Books. Here’s the thing: I had to choose between poetry (good poetry-and yes, I believe there is bad poetry) and fairytales. Two of my […]

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

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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

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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!

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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

Battle Commander (with words)

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 […]

2015 Brackets with Judges Revealed!

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So now that we have announced all our awesome judges, here are their assignments. Wish them luck!

Vote for Your Favorite to Come Back from the Dead!

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Worried about how your favorite is going to fare in this year’s Battle? Here’s your chance to help. Vote in the Undead Poll for the contender you most want to see in the final round. The previously-eliminated contender that receives the most votes will be dug out of the grave to join the two other […]

2015 Judge: Clare Vanderpool

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Clare Vanderpool lives in Wichita, KS with her husband and four children.  As a huge fan of March Madness, she was thrilled to be asked to participate in SLJ’s Battle of the Books because it combines two of her favorite things:  brackets and books!  Clare has been a life-long reader who has been known to […]

2015 Judge: Cat Winters

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Cat Winters was born and raised in Southern California, near Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She received degrees in drama and English from the University of California, Irvine, and formerly worked in publishing. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014 […]