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This Week’s Peanut Gallery



We are particularly excited to hear about those who have or are considering using the Battle with students. Say Texas librarian Donna Steel Cook who gets her whole high school involved. Read more in “Texas High School Celebrates Battle of the Books“.


“March Madness” has taken on a secondary meaning in rural Pollok, TX, where 423 high school students have been closely watching, rooting for, and predicting the winners of a unique elimination contest this month—not basketball, but books. Under the direction of Donna Steel Cook,district library director and high school teacher-librarian, Pollok’s Central High School has incorporated School Library Journal ‘s fifth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) into an engaging program to support reading.

And Librarian’s Quest who considered that:

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As the weeks have passed so too has the School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books.  Even though the end is getting closer it still might be fun to do this with students after it’s over to see how they vote as opposed to the judges’ decisions.  School Library Journal has provided a page of downloadable graphics to use in designing your own brackets.  Each match appears as a PDF file.


If there are others out there, please let us know!

As to other things, please don’t miss our Battle Pinterest board filled with lots of cool stuff.

There’s Liz B on Bomb v Code Name Verity, Endangered v Stars, Sky v Glooms,  Seraphina v Star, Round 3, Match 1, and Round 3, Match 2.

Judge of Judges Sutton takes on Napoli v, Leavitt and Lai v. Griffin

The Card Catalog weighs in on Lows and Highs…, Lots of Sighs….

Book Nut considers Week 3 and Week 3 (Part 2).

Random Musings of a Bilbiophile thinks about The Final Four and The Finals.

Sondy’s got  strong views of Round Two and The Big Kahuna Approaches.

One of our contenders, The Fault in Our Stars, after a very contentious Zombie Round in The Tournament of Books (the tourney for adult literature that inspired the BoB), made it to the finals.

Some of this week’s tweets:


  1. Today is like Christmas Eve. Lots of anticipation and excitement about the the last battle but also sadness because it will be another year before we can do it again.

  2. RGN & GI – Before the contest is finished, I wanted to commend you both on a job well done. Last year your comments were one of the highlights of the contest. It made me happy when I found out that you both were participating this year. Whether or not our opinions agree, it, once again, has been a pleasure to read your articulate, balanced, and well reasoned comments about the contest and books. Each morning I look forward to reading your views. Thank you for the time you took to read all the books and participate in the challenge.

    Also, I’d like to give a shout out to the wonderful art. Each year I think it can’t get better and each year I’m proved wrong. Kudos to the artist. Did Mark Tuchman do the art again this year? It seems to have his mischievous sense of humor.

    Last and certainly not least, a huge thank you to Battle Commanders Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman, Commentator Jonathan Hunt, the judges, and everyone else who made this contest possible. I know it’s an incredible amount of work. But the result is wonderful. This contest really is a lot of fun and, in spite of some grumbling about “wrong” decisions, one of the literary highlights of each year. It’s so fun finding out which books will be chosen, learning which books are paired together (and the attendant high or low with each such pairing), checking the results with my first cup of tea each morning, and, then, rejoicing or commiserating with fellow readers about the results. Thank you for all your work making this contest possible each year. Great job.


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