School Library Journal’s fifth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books tournament, affectionately known as “BOB,” is about to begin! Modeled after college basketball’s March Madness, the tournament pits 16 of 2012’s best books for young people—everything from fantasy to nonfiction to wicked good romance—against one another in a winner-take-all online elimination contest kicking off on Monday, March 12.
Over a 3-week period, our high-powered panel of 15 judges—including some of the world’s top writers for children and teens—will each read two titles and determine which book advances to the next round. SLJ will post these judges’ carefully considered decisions daily, and announce the grand prize winner on April 1. The judges’ identities will be revealed beginning on Wednesday, February 6.
BOB began in 2009 as the brainchild of educators Monica Edinger and Roxanne Feldman of the Dalton School in New York City, and Jonathan Hunt, a school librarian in Modesto, CA. The literary smack-down was inspired by the Morning News’s Tournament of Books, a competition that features the previous year’s best novels for adults. Over the years, many leading authors of kids’ books have taken part in BOB, including Lois Lowry, M. T. Anderson, and national ambassadors for young people’s literature Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, and Walter Dean Myers.