November 24, 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.

Primed for a Fight: SLJ’s 2016 Battle of the Kids’ Books Contenders Revealed

SLJ’s March Madness–like tournament will soon be upon us—the eighth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) officially begins on March 7. Take a look at the 16 books vying for the title.

Pictures of the Week: Glen Ellyn (IL) Public Library’s BOB Celebration

Thirteen-year-old Kiera Akines correctly selected the winners of eight matches in Glen Ellyn (IL) Public Library’s Mock Battle of the Kids’ Books event, including the winner, Steve Sheinkin’s Port Chicago 50.

“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.

How Do You BOB?: Librarians, Parents Share the Ways They’re Celebrating Battle of the Kids’ Books

With just a few weeks to go until the first Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) match on March 9, schools, parent groups, and librarians across the country are gearing up for this year’s March Madness–style tournament. Check out a few examples of how BOB has become a fun, educational, and community-building event.

2015 Battle of the Kids’ Books Battle Plans and Brackets Unveiled

We’re less than a month away from the official start of SLJ’s seventh annual Battle of the Kids’ Books, and the Battle Commander has just revealed this year’s battle plans and brackets for the March Madness–type contest.

A Fight to the End Paper: SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books 2015

While for some March calls to mind college basketball, at SLJ, March 9 heralds the start of our Battle of the Kids’ Books (aka BOB). From Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming to Cece Bell’s El Deafo, these mighty contenders are ready for a (literary) fight. May the best book win!

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s Seventh Annual Battle of the Kids’ Books 2015 Contenders Announced

What better way to celebrate Mock Newbery season than by announcing the 16 candidates in SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books? The first match of the virtual book elimination tournament doesn’t start until March 9, but these contenders are raring to go.

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.

SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Books Is in Full Swing

SLJ ’s own version of March Madness, our sixth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BoB) elimination contest, kicked off on March 11 and has been going strong for 10 matches and counting. A recap of the Battle’s surprise victories, student-led celebrations, and quips from the Peanut Gallery.

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.

Title Match: SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books Returns for its Sixth Bout

Sixteen of 2013’s best books for young people are being paired off to engage in a series of one-on-one contests, March-Madness-style. Launching on March 11, the online elimination competition will pit the year’s most acclaimed titles against one another in matches to be decided by author judges.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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?

Like a Winter Vortex, BOB 2014 Is Gathering Force

The opening post kicks off SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books, the sixth edition of the annual event, a competition among 16 of the best children’s books of the year, judged by some of the biggest authors in the industry.