This is the fifth year of SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books, a fun fantasy battle modeled on The Tournament of Books which is itself modeled on basketball’s March Madness. Fun is the operative word here. The idea is to simply use the structure of a battle or match between two often very different, but always lauded books judged by a very distinguished writer of children’s or young adult books. We’ve been incredibly fortunate in having a stellar collection of judges over the years. Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, and Jeff Kinney are just some of the really amazing judges we’ve had. Do go back and read some of their terrific decisions here.
The main event will start in March, but to give followers plenty of time to prepare we are announcing the contenders today. So go here to find out this year’s picks! (And if you want to know a bit more about how we made those selections go here.)