Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Battle of The Kids' Book 2012 - It's HERE!

 Yes! The School Library Journal Battle of the Kids' Book officially kicks off today with the posting of the The LIST! These 16 titles will battle it out for King of the World, er Best Kid's Book of the Year!! This will be my third year participating and I am psyched!

I am challenging myself to read all 16 titles BEFORE the battle begins on March 13th.  There will be a pronouncement from some cool kid's book author-turned-judge EVERY DAY except weekends! You gotta be on your toes for this one!! The throw-down is fast and furious and the winner will be crowned on April 2nd.  Make sure you bookmark the Battle Page and download The Brackets and visit the site each day.  Soon we'll meet the judges but in the meantime, let's get reading!

  1. Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
  2. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  3. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  4. Bootleg by Karen Blumenthal
  5. Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright
  6. Chime by Frannie Billingsley
  7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  8. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
  9. Drawing From Memory by Allen Say
  10. Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami
  11. Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson
  12. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  13. Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
  14. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  15. Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt
  16. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
As a proud member of The Nerdy Book Club, I've read 12 of these already!

BUT, I haven't read them in this order!! I'm going to read all of the books in the order listed (same as brackets) so I can do a comparison of each and try to guess the winner before the judges do! I've only got six weeks to get all the books, read them and write about them!! ACK!

The only thing left to decide is buy or borrow???


  1. Ooh, what a fantastic challenge - the books that I have read on that list were really good. A Monster Calls is one of my favourites! I hope you enjoy reading them all! :)

    Come and visit me soon,
    Stephanie @ Stepping Out of the Page

  2. I also forgot about this! Luckily I saw your tweet about BOB. I've read eight of the books so far,so I'm pretty proud of myself. Happy reading.


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