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Battle of the Books

YMA/BOB Crossover!

(This is penned by Battle Commander third, Jonathan Hunt.) Nine of our sixteen BOB finalists made off one some kind of recognition at Monday’s ALA Youth Media Awards Announcements, including I’m pleased to note the Newbery Medal (which we often manage to omit entirely–not this year!) Here’s a rundown of how BOB books fared– ANNA […]

The 2017 Contenders

   Here they are! Let us know what you think in the comments.     ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie FREEDOM OVER ME by Ashley Bryan GHOST by Jason Reynolds THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill THE […]

Just a Few More Days Until the Contenders Will Be Revealed.

Watch this space next Wednesday, January 18th. We’ve got some you would expect, but some outliers too!  So continue to guess here —we’ve got YA, MG, and PBs, for the first time!

The 2017 Battle of the Kids’ Books Guess-the -Contender Game is On!

… We will be revealing the contenders on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017!  Any guesses as to what they may be?

The Closing Match: The Marvels vs Gone Crazy in Alabama vs Nimona

On this last day of March, let’s find out which book becomes the 2016 SLJ Battle of the Kids’ Books winner! We hope you have enjoyed this wild ride with us.

Announcing — Winner of the 2016 BoB Undead Poll

You voted! You waited! You hoped!
Now find out which book is the 2016 Undead Winner!

Round 3: Match 2: The Marvels vs Nimona

This is definitely not by design — but by pure chance and circumstances: two heavily illustrated novels are paired against each other in another highly anticipated semifinal match!

Round 3, Match 1: Echo vs Gone Crazy in Alabama

Having advanced to the semi-finals, two middle grade historical novels face off in a nail-biter of a match!

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB events.

Mock Battle Report

This week we hear from school librarian Melanie Mubarak on her mock battle.