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2014 Battle Plans Revealed

Behold, the blueprint of the 2014 BoB Battle Plan. This year, we went with the traditional alphabetical order by title. Now, predictions can start – which eight will advance to Round 2? The commenter who predicts all eight (or the most) correctly will receive a small book-related prize.  To download a high resolution (11′ x […]

Like a Winter Vortex, BOB 2014 Is Gathering Force

We, the three members of the BOB Command Team, have made our contender picks.  And, thanks to the hard work of our SLJ Support Team, now have fifteen eager judges waiting to receive their battle instructions. Starting on January 15th, stop by often to find the contenders list, battle bracket, judge info, and more! This […]

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 […]

2012 BoB….

…is coming.  Watch this space (and/or follow us on twitter) for exciting news about our contenders, judges, and more soon!



Winner of the 2011 Undead Poll

As the voting opened, A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS raced to a huge lead, commanding nearly half of the votes.  As the days went by, however, that lead was whittled down to 18%, still good enough to win, but never in doubt.  A TALE DARK AND GRIMM, THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK, and WILL GRAYSON, WILL […]

A Walk Down Memory Lane: The 2011 Opening Ceremony

Author Elizabeth Partridge’s exemplary use of archival materials for last year’s winner Marching for Freedom inspired the Battle Commander (both halves of her) to spend some enjoyable hours poking around in the BoB’s vast attic of old stuff (the official BoB term for primary sources) to find a selection for use in this year’s Opening […]

“Guess the Judge” Game Winners

Congratulations to Kelly Bono, a youth services specialist at the St. Louis County Library, and Doret Canton, a bookseller at Borders in Atlanta, GA, for guessing the most judges correctly—six each! Kelly and Doret will each receive autographed copies of One Crazy Summer and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose […]

Power to the People…Meaning, You: The Undead Poll is Now Open!

Here is YOUR chance to have a say in the BoB.  You see, every contender has the chance to come back to participate in the Big Kahuna round. How you may ask is this possible? Well, after being eliminated books make their way to the BoB Land of the Dead.  And you, yes you, have […]