The magazine School Library Journal is running its second annual "Battle of the Kids' Books," which pits 16 of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the most famous authors of children's books.
Children's books and teen books; fiction and nonfiction, they are all thrown in together to pick out what is THE. BEST. KIDS. BOOK. of the year.
Author-judges include folks such as Karen Hesse, R.L. Stine, Barry Lyga, Francisco X. Stork, Karen Cushman and Richard Peck.
There is one decision a day, starting on this past Monday, March 14th. Some awesome titles have already been knocked out of the running. Thank goodness for "The Undead Poll," where readers were allowed to vote for a book to be "resurrected from the dead" after Round Three.
Round One will winnow the list from 16 books down to 8; Round Two will get it down to 4; Round Three will get us to the top two books, and then we we get the winner in the Big Kahuna Round.
Are you interested? I sure am! Follow along with me as the winners emerge each day!