March 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ’s Battle of the Books’ Contenders Revealed

CommandergravitarThough the first round of School Library Journal’s sixth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) doesn’t start until March 10 (mark your calendar!), the virtual book elimination tournament has already begun to make waves in children’s literature circles.

A list of 16 hopefuls was announced via the BOB’s official blog on Wednesday, January 15, by the event’s Battle Commanders: teacher Monica Edinger and school librarian Roxanne Feldman from the Dalton School in New York City, and school librarian Jonathan Hunt of San Diego County. Among those vying for the final spot in the winner’s circle, include the newly-minted National Ambassador for Children’s Literature Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses  (Candlewick), National Book Award-winner Cynthia Kadohata’s The Thing About Luck (S & S), and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award-winner Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park (St. Martin’s Pr.).

Oakland WinnersIn the coming weeks, the roster of superstar judges will be announced. These acclaimed kid lit authors will have to deliberate between two books (often of different genres, formats, audiences) to decide which title will compete in the next round. Children’s book lovers will have the opportunity to weigh on the literary rumble by participating in an online poll and voting for their top pick. The work with the most nods will get the chance to rise from the dead if ever eliminated.

For the full list of BOB contenders, check out the latest BOB post.

If your school or library is actively participating in SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books this year, let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more BOB-related news, giveaways, and fun via the blog, Twitter (#sljbob and @SLJsBOB, and on Pinterest.

Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz ( is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.



  1. Have we voted for the Undead yet? I have been so busy counting snowflakes (16 quadzillion, 400 trillion, 89 billion, 14 million, 973,693 so far from one window) that I have not been checking in.