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SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books

23 Mar

unnamed.gifWhere do I even begin? This somehow got past me this year, so we’re in the think of round 1 matches right now.  A little background behind this fun event – The School Library’s Battle of the Kids’ Books is a competition among 16 of the very best titles published in children’s literature of the year.  For more FAQs check the SLJ website. The books are then judged by some of the biggest names in kid lit. Don’t believe me? Check out the judges this year:

  • Duncan Tonatiuh
  • Lulu Delacre
  • James Dashner
  • Varian Johnson
  • Tanya Lee Stone
  • Jane Yolen
  • Nova Ren Suma
  • Brendan Kiely
  • Javaka Steptoe
  • Eliot Schrefer
  • Cynthia Kadohata
  • Sara Farizan
  • Ellen Oh
  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Kwame Alexander

And the titles they’ll be judging:

  • Freedom in Congo Square
  • Freedom Over Me
  • Thunder Boy Jr.
  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes
  • Ghost
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • Makoons
  • March: Book Three
  • Samurai Rising
  • Some Writer!
  • Wet Cement
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver
  • Anna and the Swallow Man
  • The Lie Tree
  • The Passion of Dolssa
  • The Sun is Also a Star

Each day a battle is judged and a book is declared the winner of that round. The hardest part, for me, would be that the judges are judging some amazing books against each other. For example, how do you compare Ghost by Jason Reynolds with The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Two books that were written beautifully and completely differently, where do you begin? But the judges, do just that, they judge. So, each day there’s a judge’s post with their reason behind their decision.

We’re moving into the second round today, so have no fear if you missed round one like I did! It’s fun to see authors in this different light as they try and judge two amazing books against each other… follow along for the ride!



SLJ’s Battle of the Books

19 Feb

2015Brackets1Each year School Library Journal created a Battle of the Books focusing on 2014 children’s and young adult literature.  The 2015 judges have been announced and each battle is judged by a different person.  What is really fun (and sometimes frusturating) about Battle of the Kids’ Books is that the battles are created alphabetically meaning you never know who is going to battle one another and they can be two very different books that can be difficult to judge against each other.

The battle begins with 16 children’s and YA books – now these children’s’ books are usually focused on middle grade novels (and information text), not necessarily picture books.  Follow along with the judging by checking in with the Battle Commander on Twitter using the handle @SLJsBoB or follow on the SLJ blog!

My favorite part is that one book that lost in an earlier round becomes “Undead” and reawakens like a zombie to battle for the winner in the final round!  I’ve got a few more books to read on the list, I’d better get to it – judging begins March 9th!


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