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Battle of the Books

Guess the Judges! (And Win a Prize.)

We know that you have been wondering who the 2011 BoB Judges are. We can tell you that, all fifteen of them have arrived at the judges booth!  And some of them even have started reading the books! There are nine women and six men. Seven of them are Newbery winners or honor recipients in […]

The 2011 Battle of the Kids’ Books Contenders

As announced today, one by one, on twitter, here are this year’s contenders: AS EASY AS FALLING OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH by Lynn Rae Perkins THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles THE DREAMER by Pam Munoz Ryan THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND […]

Winner of the 2010 Battle of the Kids’ Books

MARCHING FOR FREEDOM by ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE published by Viking Children’s Books Penguin Young Readers

The Great T-shirt Giveaway

Hey there. Have we got a contest for you!  Involving t-shirts.  You see, we’ve got a bunch of them for this year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books.  Pretty snazzy looking too.  And starting Friday we are going to give out fifteen to the fifteen bloggers who do the best posts (or, for that matter, videos) […]

The Opening Ceremony

“Vote for Me!” quaver our contenders. “Please.”

As The Battle of the Kids’ Books follows a single-elimination model, once a book is knocked off, it has to stay in the metaphorical Land of the Dead, until the final two are left standing, facing each other off. However, there is hope yet, for one of the previously eliminated title to come back from […]


Welcome, welcome, welcome.  On March 15th, two weeks from today, the 2010 Battle begins.  Don’t know about all of you spectators, but we cannot wait!  While you have known about our contenders and judges for a week (thank you Ms. Fuse for your delightful announcement), we’ve been sitting on all of it for a whole […]

2009 Matches

The 2009 Battle has been archived for the moment and is not accessible, but for those interested here are all the judges’ statements and Jonathan Hunt’s commentary for all the matches. The brackets can be downloaded here. Round 1 Match 1 Ways to Live Forever (Sally Nicholls, Arthur A. Levine Books) vs The Astonishing Life […]