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Are You a Competitive Book Reader? It’s time for BOB (Battle of the Books)

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Well if you are then it’s time for BOB Battle of the Books !!!

While much of the world is engaged in college basketball heaven with March Madness, School Library Journal has a bit of their own March Madness going on with Battle of the Books aka BOB to those of us in the book world. From March 7-30th we have a healthy dose of competitive reading going on !!

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Now in its eighth year, the virtual book-themed contest pits the previous year’s best children’s and young adult books against one another for a winner-takes-all literary tournament.

This year’s contenders are:

THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER by Phillip Hoose

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CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman

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DROWNED CITY by Don Brown

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ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia

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GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead

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THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz

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I CRAWL THROUGH IT by A. S. King

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THE MARVELS by Brian Selznick

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MOST DANGEROUS by Steve Sheinkin

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MY SENECA VILLAGE by Marilyn Nelson

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NEST by Kenneth Oppel

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NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson

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RHYTHM RIDE by Andrea Davis Pinkney

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SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD by M. T. Anderson

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X: A NOVEL by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

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On March 7th started the first matches between chosen contenders.

Round 1, Match 1:The Boys Who Challenged Hitler vs Challenger Deep

To see who won click on the link!

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Round 1, Match 2: Drowned City vs Echo

Which one would you choose? To find out the winner of this match click on the title link.

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Round 1, Match 3: Gone Crazy in Alabama vs Goodbye Stranger

I love both of these books so much. They are completely and totally different and truly speak to the wide breath and depth of Middle Grade reading. Click on the title link to see who goes onto the next round.

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Round 1, Match 4: The Hired Girl vs I Crawl Through It

This round was really hard for me because I love both of these books and both of these authors. I don’t know if I would have been able to choose this one. Can you choose ? See who won this round by clicking on the title link.

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Looking at the contenders list above which books would you choose to move onto the next round ? I love this competition so much. It puts a lot of great books into readers hands, heads, and hearts while teaching them to think critically and most importantly building a wide range of reading moments.

I will keep updating everyone here on the blog. For a little more information on BOB (Battle of the Books)

Have a look here. 

Want to have your own version. Be sure to download “the brackets” which will let you and those readers you engage with vote between each match. Happy Competitive Reading and may you always have a page to turn!

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Concerned that your kids aren’t getting enough “outside time?”

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Despite data that shows that 80% of natural vitamin D comes from the rays of the sun, many children, roughly only 23% are spending enough time outside and welcoming the sun’s rays. Most children do not get enough vitamin D from food alone and are at risk of deficiency if they are spending prolonged periods of time indoors. Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Marilyn Scott-Waters from The Toymaker have combined their respective talents to not only create a clever solution, but also an amazing guidebook to help parents help their children regain their interest and love of nature.

With over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for families to enjoy, learn, discover and play together, A Year In the Secret Garden brings the magical story to life while also enjoying nature and the great outdoors.

A year in the secret garden

With fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book. Our goal is to not only raise awareness for the necessity of families spending more quality “unplugged” time together, but to also share monthly activities that incorporate nature and the outdoors as well. Get your kids moving, exploring and playing today. Get access to this wonderful children’s activity book here.

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Meet you “in the garden!”