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This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post.   Reads for Keeps explores the […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post.   On the eve of […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will add it in here.   Battle Commander Monica pitched the BoB over at the Nerdy Book Club. […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will add it in here.   Tales from a Loud Librarian is going all out with her Mock BoB. […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will add it in here. Our SLJ person-on-the-ground Shelley Diaz produced two terrific BOB pieces this week: Title Match: […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

 

 

We are particularly excited to hear about those who have or are considering using the Battle with students. Say Texas librarian Donna Steel Cook who gets her whole high school involved. Read more in “Texas High School Celebrates Battle of the Books“.

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“March Madness” has taken on a secondary meaning in rural Pollok, TX, where 423 high school students have been closely watching, rooting for, and predicting the winners of a unique elimination contest this month—not basketball, but books. Under the direction of Donna Steel Cook,district library director and high school teacher-librarian, Pollok’s Central High School has incorporated School Library Journal ‘s fifth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) into an engaging program to support reading.

And Librarian’s Quest who considered that:

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As the weeks have passed so too has the School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books.  Even though the end is getting closer it still might be fun to do this with students after it’s over to see how they vote as opposed to the judges’ decisions.  School Library Journal has provided a page of downloadable graphics to use in designing your own brackets.  Each match appears as a PDF file.

 

If there are others out there, please let us know!

As to other things, please don’t miss our Battle Pinterest board filled with lots of cool stuff.

There’s Liz B on Bomb v Code Name Verity, Endangered v Stars, Sky v Glooms,  Seraphina v Star, Round 3, Match 1, and Round 3, Match 2.

Judge of Judges Sutton takes on Napoli v, Leavitt and Lai v. Griffin

The Card Catalog weighs in on Lows and Highs…, Lots of Sighs….

Book Nut considers Week 3 and Week 3 (Part 2).

Random Musings of a Bilbiophile thinks about The Final Four and The Finals.

Sondy’s got  strong views of Round Two and The Big Kahuna Approaches.

One of our contenders, The Fault in Our Stars, after a very contentious Zombie Round in The Tournament of Books (the tourney for adult literature that inspired the BoB), made it to the finals.

Some of this week’s tweets:

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

First of all, just to note that we are thrilled to see how many followers are working to read as many contenders as possible and often posting reviews of them. What is especially gratifying is to see the surprise some express about how much they enjoyed a contender they would not have read otherwise.

Now back to this week’s links and such. As always, please let us know of anything we missed in the comments and we will add them in here.

The Provo Library Children’s Book Review is creating completely AWESOME displays.  Here are a couple of them.
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Leila at bookshelves of doom thinks that:
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More entertaining than SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books…

…is Roger Sutton in the Peanut Gallery.

Speaking of which, Judge of Judges Sutton on Gidwitz v. Billingsley begins:
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Let us first note that both Adam Gidwitz (Jepp, Who Defied the Stars v. Starry River of the Sky) and Franny Billingsley (Liar & Spyv. Splendors and Glooms) break the mold by discussing their winning books first.

Check-out what he thinks about Murdoch v. Lu and who won his First Round.

Lisa at Read for Keeps noted that:

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…but there’s also a serious trend of water playing a huge role in the plot. The Titanic sinking, the drowning inSplendors and Glooms, the Resistance canoeing down a river in CNV, the river in Three Times Lucky, the Moonbirdcoastlines…I could go on. Am I missing something? Are books usually so water-heavy, or is there something special about this year’s lot?

Miss Tiff Reads caught up to us:
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 Blast it all!  I was so busy reading random books, trying to slog through my book club book, and stringing balloons that I forgot it was Battle of the Kids’ Books time!!

And Liz B is all starry-eyed, weighing in on Stars v Grandin, Stars v Starry, Spy v Splendors, and Crystal v Ivan.

BooksnStories was all Crystal Ball, Crystal Ball.

Sondy (who discovered on Friday that she is not the only Sondy here:) got ready for Round Two.

Random Musing of a Bibliophile considered Round One and gave her druthers for Round Two.

The LibrariYAn is keeping up with us: Temple Grandin vs The Fault in Our Stars, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars vs Starry River of the Sky, Prediction for Moonbird vs Seraphina, Splendors and Glooms vs Liar & Spy, Moonbird vs Seraphina,

Cecelia over at The Card Catalog is on the case with Bullies, Shipwrecks & Spies, Animals, Mysteries, and Romance, Stars, Puppets, and More Spies, and Dragons, Birds, and Gorillas.

The Dirigible Plum has the Battle of the Books So Far.

Jen at Reads for Keeps has some thoughts about the past week.

Over at Twitter there have been some strong reactions this past week!  Here is a selection of them:

 

 

 

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Just before the Battle began, a few more BoB Followers gave us their predictions. Jen at Read for Keeps offered hers complete with a charming sketch: Armed with my mug o’ tea (naught but the finest Alishan high mountain tea leaves, of course), I attempt to divine the course of the 2013 SLJ Battle of the Kids’ […]

Eve of the Battle Peanut Gallery

Brandy’s got some thoughts,wishes, and guesses. Battle of the Books begins on Tuesday!!!! My anticipation level at this point is pretty high. I get ridiculously excited about this every year. Usually I have one book that I love and want to see win, and one that I want to see go down quick. That is […]

Post-Bracket and Judge Reveal Peanut Gallery

So glad to see that folks are busy reading our contenders. As of February 9th Holly Mueller had read about half of the contenders. Bet she’s farther along now!  Leila over at Bookshelves of Doom‘s read four as of a few days ago. Then there is Book Nut whose book pile here has her fretting: My TBR pile was […]