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February 11, 2015

Shelley Diaz
May the best book win!

The first official match of SLJ's Battle of the Kids' Books (aka BOB) begins on March 9. This one-on-one elimenation contest between exemplary titles for children and young adults was fashioned after Morning News's Tournament of Books seven years ago, and it's still going strong. Join in the fun with your own Mock BOB, download the Battle Plans and Brackets, or get to know some of our celebrity author judges.

And if you are celebrating BOB in any kind of way, we'd love to hear from you! Email me or tweet, blog, and comment on the virtual event using #SLJBOB.—Shelley M. Diaz

All About BOB
2015 BoB fighters
SLJ's BOB: A Fight to the End Paper
By Shelley M. Diaz

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


BOB Brackets Unveiled
2015 BOB Plans and Brackets Unveiled
By Shelley M. Diaz

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


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Tips for Creating a “Mock BOB”
By Shelley M. Diaz

Whether you’re hearing about SLJ’s BOB for the first time or have 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. The following mock-BOB projects will yield some tips for creating your own.

Getting to Know the BOB Contenders
Jackie Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson On Weaving Memory, Crafting Poetry, and Writing for Young Adults
By Kiera Parrott with Luann Toth

Jacqueline Woodson talks about her National Book Award win, her handling of Handler’s comments, and how she approached the writing of BOB contender Brown Girl Dreaming, one of the most distinguished memoirs for young readers in recent memory.


Gregory Maguire
Interview: Gregory Maguire on Why the World Needs Magic and Egg and Spoon
By Shelley M. Diaz

Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, the book that spawned the blockbuster Broadway play, talks with SLJ about his latest otherworldly novel and BOB contender Egg and Spoon, who should be reading it, and why fairy tales are necessary nutrition for the modern world.


Cece Bell
SLJ Chats with Cece Bell About her Graphic Novel Memoir El Deafo
By Kiera Parrott

With ample humor and a keen sensitivity to the emotional melodrama of early adolescence, Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir and BOB contender, El Deafo, offers a window into growing up deaf in 1970s suburbia. SLJ caught up with the author to discuss her writing process, hearing aids, bad attitudes, and bunnies.


family romanov
Inside and Outside the Palace Gates | A Conversation with Candace Fleming
By Jennifer M. Brown

Candace Fleming shares with SLJ what motivated her to write BOB contender The Family Romanov. "The story of the Romanovs often excludes the rest of the history. They weren’t minding the store," says Fleming.

Getting to Know the BOB Judges
Holly Black author photo
Holly Black
By Battle Commander

Holly Black is the author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, and the #1 New York Times bestselling “Spiderwick” series.


Nathan Hale
By Battle Commander

Nathan Hale is author and illustrator of the "Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales” series which was named to the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing list, YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, and SLJ’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Children.


Alaya Dawn Johnson
Alaya Dawn Johnson
By Battle Commander

Alaya Dawn Johnson’s first novel for young adults, The Summer Prince, received three starred reviews, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. She soon followed with the acclaimed Love Is the Drug.


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