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Mock Battle Report
We are so pleased to see that creative educators can model exciting reading activities after SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books!
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School librarian Melanie Mubarak from Sugar Land, Texas and her library aide Anu Menon created brackets for a March Madness Tournament of Books for their elementary age readers:
One side of the brackets focused on series chapter books: Dork Diaries vs Diary of the Wimpy Kid; Harry Potter vs Percy Jackson; Geronimo Stilton vs Thea Stilton; Junie B. Jones vs Magic Tree House. The other side of the brackets focused on picture books: Chalk vs The Book with No Pictures; Elephant & Piggie vs Knuffle Bunny; I Want My Hat Back vs This Is Not My Hat; Dog vs Cat vs Shark vs Train. All students are voting for their favorites using google forms through their Library Outclass time, and I sent the link home to parents to encourage parents and school alumni to vote as well. I have seen a dramatic increase in circulation of all titles since the competition began; especially boys reading Dork Diaries. They even tell their friends that the books are actually really good. Because I talked about them with all students, I took away the stigma of a boy reading a “girl book”. Many parents have said they had a difficult time choosing their favorites because of pairings like Elephant & Piggie vs Knuffle Bunny. With the help of a parent volunteer, I created a display outside the library of the books in their March Madness brackets. The kids and the community are really excited about it.
About Battle Commander
The Battle Commander is the nom de guerre for children’s literature enthusiasts Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman, fourth grade teacher and middle school librarian at the Dalton School in New York City and Jonathan Hunt, the County Schools Librarian at the San Diego County Office of Education. All three have served on the Newbery Committee as well as other book selection and award committees. They are also published authors of books, articles, and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book Magazine. You can find Monica at educating alice and on twitter as @medinger. Roxanne is at Fairrosa Cyber Library and on twitter as @fairrosa. Jonathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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