I'm enjoying the 2011 Battle of the Kids' Books over at School Library Journal. It is a fun rumpus to watch from the sidelines.
Each day two books go head to head in a single elimination match, and a judge (each day a different well-known author) declares one book the winner. This book advances to the next round. The competition began with 16 books.
The judges' explanations are entertaining and insightful. For example, today the judge had to choose between a nonfiction book about Barbie and fiction book with Pablo Neruda as the main character. Yesterday, a fantasy book and a historical book set in the 60's were the opponents.
Battle of the Kids' Books is also a delightful way for me to discover more great books to read.