November 18, 2017

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SLJ 2017 Battle of the Kids’ Books Contenders Announced

Sixteen outstanding children’s and teen titles were selected for the ninth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books. The 2017 virtual March Madness–style elimination tournament includes picture books.

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The Joys of a Good Book (Battle, That Is)| Editorial

SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’s Books (BOB)—our feverish, book-based version of college basketball’s March Madness playoffs—pits 16 middle grade and YA books against one another over four rounds of matches, culminating in one winner crowned on March 30.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books

School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books is a competition among 16 of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the biggest names in children’s books.

Yang’s Two-Volume ‘Boxers & Saints’ Scores Final Victory | SLJ 2014 BoB

While crowd favorite Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park swept the Undead Poll, it was Gene Luen Yang’s innovative graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, on Chinese history, that survived to be the winner of SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Kids’ Books.

Tips for Creating a “Mock BOB” | SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books

Whether you’re hearing about SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) for the first time, or you’ve been a longtime fan of the virtual elimination contest that pits the best kids’ books of the year against one another, the online tournament can be a fun way to engage students, while increasing their literacy skills. Here are some tips for creating your own mock BOB.

SLJ’s Battle of the Books’ Contenders Revealed

At last! The Commanders of School Library Journal’s sixth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) have revealed the 16 contenders! Though the first round of the virtual book elimination tournament doesn’t start until March 10, let the speculating begin! Which title will end up on top?