What about BoB?, 2014 edition

applesandoranges1 What about BoB?, 2014 editionThe Battle Commanders have announced the contenders for SLJ’s Battle of the Books, which will itself commence–when? March-ish?

It’s a good list, and brave, I think, of the Commanders to make their selections before the ALA awards show up to toss egg in everyone’s faces. While I have no plans to repeat my running commentary of last year, you can expect occasional rim- and potshots from this direction. The judges would be wise to avoid any mention of fruit.

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Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. Not even durians?

  2. Dang. The judging of the judges was one of my favorite parts last year!

  3. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    As in, O Battle Commander, “this book has all the staying power and pungency of a durian confiscated by Homeland Security at LAX and left to fester in a locker for a year”?

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