School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books is coming! Starting this month, a bunch of cool authors will apply whatever logic they see fit in comparisons of kids' books that were, in one way or another, "big" this past year. The books are matched up in brackets alphabetically by title, which creates a fun kind of randomness. Fiction is pitted against nonfiction, graphic novels against historical fiction, apples against oranges.
Seriously, wouldn't you click a link to Naomi Shihab Nye discussing the merits of the apple versus the orange?
I'm amused that R.L. Stine ended up with, arguably, the darkest books (how much darker can you get than A Tale Dark and Grimm and They Called Themselves the K.K.K.?). I'm excited to see Susan Patron's take on Hereville vs. Keeper; she's been through much less enjoyable literary battles with much higher stakes, and I promise not to picket if she doesn't pick my favorite. I can't wait to hear from... well, all of the judges, actually.
Another excuse to have some fun with kids' books and draw attention to some good ones? Let the battle begin!