We’ve Got Contenders, We’ve Got Judges, We’ve Got Brackets — SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books is Coming


Yesterday we revealed the brackets with judges — our final closing judge being none other than Ann M. Martin herself. To say we are excited (“we” being us three who constitute the Battle Commander and our SLJ editor Shelley Diaz) is an understatement. And we know many others gearing up too. But I truly hope even more join in — this is a great way to revisit 16 fabulous 2015 titles and to watch 15 amazing judge-writers at work, considering and exploring them in some terrific ways. Not to mention having fun perusing Mark Tuchman’s witty graphics. And we’ve got kid commentators too — anyone who has read what they have to say will agree — they are often the stars of the battle. To learn more check out Rebecca Miller’s editorial, “The Joys of a Good Book (Battle)”  and Shelley’s overview, “Primed for a Fight“. Hope to see you out there, cheering on your favorites!



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4 responses to “We’ve Got Contenders, We’ve Got Judges, We’ve Got Brackets — SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books is Coming

  1. Joshua

    I have two 5th graders who have both read Echo and Drowned City, so I am encouraging them to try to compose a judgement before the March 7 post.
    Do you have any resources/guides etc. that you might have used to help upper elementary students compose a BoB mock judgments?
    Appreciate your consideration,

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    • That is so great! We haven’t any specific resources, but I’m checking with Roxanne who oversees our young commentators to see if she has any suggestions. That said, I’d suggest having them structure their thoughts somewhat the way they’d do any sort of comparative essay. The judges tend to do some sort of opening statement, a thoughtful review of one and then the other book, and finally their judgement. (We notice that generally they review the losing book first:)


      • Joshua

        Thanks for your help, Monica, and reaching out to Roxanne. One of things I will do is try to get the students more familiar with the elements of each genre, even as both books seem to blur the lines between traditional genre. While the students have read enough BoB judgements with me to know that practically one of the elements of that genre is tortured complaints of “apples and oranges,” this does (once again) seem true for this match-up, so it seems like one angle for a judge to take is to consider each book as an example of its genre (or perceived genre).

        Another step I though to take is to email the judge of the first round match-up – Maris Wicks, to see if she has any advice for my students on how to approach the task.

        Finally, do you know if there’s anyone at BoB who I can contact to get PDFs or Word files of recent judgements?

        Thanks again,


  2. Joshua, glad you got in touch with Shelley about this. We are so excited that you are doing this! You should be sure to post their judgements as comments on the “official” battle post!


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