Today marks the final match of Round One of The Battle of the Kids' Books. Whew! This has been a wild ride. Today's judge, Julius Lester, had to choose between Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan and When Your Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Tan's book is a wonder of short stories and illustration. Stead's book is an intriguing puzzle and sometimes a little creepy. Lester explains clearly how a reader's experience and preferences color the reading experience.
The final winner of Round One is.....Tales from Outer Surburbia. Half of the Parkland Community Library's YS staff was right in predicting today's winner.
Tomorrow, Round Two begins. It is the Battle of the Evolutions! Charles and Emma :The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman clashes with The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. May the best book win!