School Library Journal's Battle of the (Kids') Books has begun! Elizabeth Bird, librarian blogqueen, has a YouTube intro to every book in the running. Click here to view the video. (BTW, did she get a new hairstyle during this video, or is it just me?) Anyway, this year, readers get a chance to override the judges' final decisions. Every judge eliminates one book from the running until only two are left. Then, the Final Judge (this year it is Katherine Paterson) chooses the Winner. However, if a reader's favorite book gets cut out of the running, that reader can vote to have the book vie against the last two books. The first cut happens tomorrow. Go to http://www.slj.com/ to keep track of what is happening.
One book that did not make the Battle this year, although it certainly would have been a serious contender, is Josh Berk's The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. Josh is at the Parkland Community Library TODAY at 1 pm. Stop by to purchase a copy of his book and get it signed. Josh will leave a handful of signed books at the library for people who can't make today's book signing.
Turn your clock's ahead tonight as we Spring Forth!