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Archives for January 2017

Fantasy BoB Commences & Pairing Reveal

From Roxanne: In the past few years, some of our (Monica’s and my) students participated as Kid Commentators and shared with all BoB followers their exhilaration when the Judges agreed with them and their bitter disappointment when they found a particular decision out of sync with their love for one title over the other.  These young […]

Personal Favorites We Had To Leave Out

   We start discussing possible contenders in July, but begin reading much earlier. In fact we’ve already got some ideas for next year’s battle. In the fall, things rev up and our gdoc fills up with individual nominees and each of our comments on them. As three passionate individuals we feel strongly about our favorites […]

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!