Friday, January 28, 2011

March Madness

School Library Journal's Battle of the (Kids') Books has announced the list of books that will be contenders, although the brackets have not yet been assigned as of today. As usual, this is a very YA-heavy list, making the name of the contest something of a misnomer. I've read 9 of the 16 titles - luckily there's still time to read them all.

And those of you who read books for grown-ups might want to follow the 2011 Tournament of Books. I've read 3 of the 16 titles (well, those grown-up books are so darned LONG...).


  1. Hah -- YA aren't kids anymore? Just, er, kidding:) Originally I had in mind every sort of book from picture books on up, but it wouldn't be fair to ask someone to judge a picture book against a high-end YA so we had to work more from 9/10 and up to be sure books got more or less evenly matched.

  2. That makes sense - and anyway, it's not called the Battle of the (middle-grade) Books. But how about Battle of the (youth) Books?

  3. I like that, but the name of the event was not coined by me, but by the Powers That Be at SLJ and I suspect its current moniker is what will stay.