July 21, 2024

SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books: the Trailer



They’re back. Lauren Downey (above left) and Summer Ogata, aka the Everdeen Sisters, have created a video “trailer” for School Library Journal‘s Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) 2012.

The two YA lit fans have produced a BOB video each year since the annual event began in 2009. Their first production, “Now or Never,” gained a huge following among librarians, with one suggesting that someone give the now 25-year-olds scholarships to library school.

In BOB, 16 of the best books for young people face off in a winner-take-all battle beginning March 13. A panel of 15 judges—including Lauren Myracle, Matt Phelan, and Maggie Stiefvater—decide the titles that advance to the next round, à la March Madness. Jonathan Stroud, last year’s BOB winner for The Ring of Solomon (Hyperion), will choose the grand prize winner April 2.

To learn more about SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books and download the brackets, visit the site. And follow the conversation on Twitter: #sljbob12.


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Kathy Ishizuka (kishizuka@mediasourceinc.com, @kishizuka on Twitter) is Executive Editor of School Library Journal.