It's almost about time for March Madness! No, not the kind that requires a basketball. We're talking about another kind of March Madness -- the Battle of the Books! For the third year in a row, School Library Journal has set up brackets that pit 16 of the best kids' books of the year -- fiction and non-fiction -- against each other. Fifteen judges -- some of the biggest names in the kids' book-writing business -- will determine which books make it to the final round. The online opening ceremony takes place on March 8, with Round One set for the week of March 14. Children's book lovers are invited to read the books and make comments on the judges' decisions. They're also urged to participate now in the Undead poll by voting for a book to be added to the final round even if it loses in earlier rounds; the Undead poll closes March 6.
Our Library has all of the book contenders; come in and check them out so you can participate in The Battle of the Books. For more information, click here:School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books
Last year's Battle of the Books winner was Marching for Freedom, a look at civil rights activists by Elizabeth Patridge. This year's book contenders include: Countdown by Deborah Wiles; They Called Themselves the KKK by Susan Campbell Bartoletti; Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan and The Good, the Bad and the Barbie by Tanya Lee Stone. Among the judges are: Goosebumps author R.L. Stine: Newbery Medalists Karen Cushman, Karen Hesse, Susan Patron and Laura Amy Schlitz; and poet Naomi Shihab Nye. Newbery Medalist Richard Peck is the Big Kahuna, the judge who determines the winning book on April 4.Posted by at February 24, 2011 04:47 PM