November 18, 2017

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“March” Madness: Congressman Lewis’s Graphic Novel Wins SLJ’s Battle of the Books

The Closer, Kwame Alexander, picked the ultimate winner: the much-lauded final volume in the “March” graphic nonfiction series by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

Watch: 2017 Battle of the Kids’ Books Premieres First-Ever “BOBCAST”

Watch kid lit experts offer their predictions on which titles might make it all the way in SLJ’s ninth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books.

Download SLJ’s 2017 Battle of the Kids’ Books Brackets

Need a fun, colorful way to keep track of which book advances to the next round in SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books? Download our handy 11 x 17 PDF of the brackets.

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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And They’re Off: SLJ’s 2016 Battle of the Kids’ Books Begins

SLJ’s eighth annual riff on March Madness has begun! Author judge Michael Buckley kicked off the virtual elimination tournament, deciding between Phillip Hoose’s The Boys Who Challenged Hitler and Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep.

Battle of the Books: Slam Dunk Programming for All Ages

From SLJ’s own Battle of the Kids’ Books to a variety of school and public library variations, Rebecca Zarazan Dunn presents a roundup of library programs to celebrate March Madness.

“Port Chicago 50” Wins Seventh Annual Battle of the Kids’ Books

In BOB’s final round, The Closer, Newbery Medalist Clare Vanderpool, selects Steve Sheinkin’s Port Chicago 50 as the victor of the yearly virtual tournament of books for children and teens.

Graphic Novels, Diversity Dominate in SLJ’s 2015 Battle of the Kids’ Books First Round

The opening round of the annual virtual tournament featuring children’s and young adult books in a March Madness—like competition has come to a close. Graphic novels This One Summer and El Deafo and celebrated titles Brown Girl Dreaming and Port Chicago 50, among others, have continued on to fight another day.