Monday, March 15, 2010

Battle of the Kids Books Begins!

Last year's School Library Journal Battle of the Books was so fun and satisfying (of course The Hunger Games won...woohoo) I'm happy to announce it's starting all over again!

Today begins the March Madness of kidlit and what's not to like? Each day, two worthy book opponents will put their strength, wisdom, and wit to the test. The outcome of each battle is in the hands of a celebrity judge as the winning books make their way through the brackets. This year's celebrity judge panel includes such heavy hitters as Christopher Paul Curtis, Walter Dean Myers, and the Ambassador herself, Katherine Paterson, will make the final call.

If last year's battle is any indicator, there will be surprises, excitement, disappointment, and plenty of good old fashioned goofing around. Already in today's Round 1 Match 1, one of my favorites suffered a devastating loss. Can Claudette come back in the new, inspired Undead Round? We'll see...

To begin:

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