2015 Mock BOB: Winners of Round 1

SLJ Battle of the Kids Books

For the 2015 Battle of the Books or Mock BOB, the students made their selections of their favorite books in Round 1 by completing a Google form that I created.  I was hoping to get more kids to participate this year by asking them to vote virtually rather than last year's battle when students made live presentations defending each of the titles. Only 45 students cast their vote in this first round, which is 10% of the school and about the same number as participated in each round in 2014. I sent the students a link to the form via email, put the link in the daily announcements that are sent to all students and teachers, and gave the students five days to make their selections.

The Google form was an easy way to set up the voting because I could insert a picture of the book covers with blurbs. I had students help me create the blurbs about each of the books. You can see two examples of the 8 battles below. 

Battle 4
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Battle 8
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I like using the School Library Journal brackets with 16 books for our battle because the Battle Commander always selects outstanding books. Some of the books we may have in the library, but if the book wasn't on my radar, it probably is a title that I should have on the shelf. There is usually a mix of middle grade and YA which suits the age level of my students, and the mix of genres means there is something for everyone. Also, the students can follow along to see if they make the same choices as the author judges of the SLJ Battle. 

Here are the students' selections in Round 1: 
Battle 1
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson1942.2%
Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett2657.8%

Battle 2
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander2351.1%
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire2248.9%
Battle 3
El Deafo by Cece Bell2453.3%
The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming2146.7%
Battle 4
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith2453.3%
The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos2146.7%
Battle 5
The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis1737.8%
Poisoned Apples by Christine Hepperman2862.2%
 Battle 6
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin1022.2%
The Story of Owen by E. K. Johnston3577.8%
Battle 7
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki2964.4%
A Volcano Beneath the Snow by Albert Marrin1635.6%
Battle 8
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart3475.6%
West of the Moon by Margi Preus1124.4%
Only two of the books selected by the PFTSTA students went on to Round 2 in the SLJ Battle. Those are El Deafo and This One Summer. These are graphic novels that several of my students have read and loved. 

Tuesday, SLJ will post their overall winner, but we will continue with our battles until a winning book can be declared. Round 2 will also be done virtually and will be sent out early next week. Follow at the end of the week to see the students' choices in that round. 


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