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Battle of the Books

Wondering why we chose what we did?

Here’s the skinny. BOMB . . .  Five starred reviews, three best lists, National Book Award finalist, and YALSA Nonfiction Award finalist.  The most buzzed nonfiction title of the year, BOMB is a thrilling cloak and dagger story that virtually reads like a novel. CODE NAME VERITY . . . Six starred reviews, six best […]

Winner of the 2012 Battle of the Kids’ Books

OKAY FOR NOW BY GARY D. SCHMIDT published by Clarion, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

And the Giveaway Winners Are…

Thank you so much for many wonderful comments, whether you commented daily or just once or twice to let us know your thoughts on specific titles and matches.  The winners of the 2012 BoB Giveaways are drawn from more than 100 names.  We will contact each winner via email to arrange for prize delivery.  Congratulations! […]

Who’s that Man Inside the BoB Art Studio?

As many of BoB followers pointed out, SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books site is not only thought provoking and fun to read, it is also a total joy to look at: all because we have the ingenious and whimsical Match graphics and other icons.  Who has created all these images?  You asked, and we answer here: Mark […]

The Big Kahuna Match: Between Shades of Gray vs Life: An Exploded Diagram vs Okay for Now

  Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt Clarion/HMH Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet Candlewick Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Philomel/Penguin Judged by Jonathan Stroud When those fine people at School Library Journal asked me to judge the conclusion of this year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books, I knew at once […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

Posts of the Week  The Book Nut’s Weekly Roundup #2, and Quarterfinal Roundup. Emily Brown weighs in and makes an interesting suggestion: So I’m enjoying the Battle of the Kids Books, but in comparing it to the Morning News Tournament of Books, I do find it lacking in the commentary department. The judges give you their experience of […]

Winner of the 2012 Undead Poll and Kid Commentator Picks!

After two consecutive years of blowouts, this year was much more competitive. That’s not to say OKAY FOR NOW didn’t jump out to a healthy lead and maintain it throughout, but that healthy lead was often a single digit number.  CHIME and DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trailed early, then CHIME pulled away for a […]

Round 3, Match 2: Drawing from Memory vs Life: An Exploded Diagram

  Drawing from Memory by Allen Say Scholastic Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet Candlewick Judged by Ron Koertge Pen vs. Brush I drop two books on the table in the Turf Club. No big surprise. Bobby and I are always bringing things to read. We’re at the races four days a week, but we’re not […]

Round 3, Match 1: Between Shades of Gray vs. Chime

  Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Philomel/Penguin Chime by Franny Billingsley Dial/Penguin Judged by Maggie Stiefvater When I first agreed to be a judge for this, I thought it would be straightforward, but just in case, I immediately read up on previous battles. Strangely, many of the judges said things like “this was […]

Round 2, Match 4: Life: An Exploded Diagram vs Wonderstruck

  Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet Candlewick Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick Scholastic Judged by Chris Lynch School Library Journal, being the efficient operation that it is, had all four of the books from the previous round in this bracket sent to me before I got started. All four were still in play, and they […]