Sunday, May 27, 2012


Selecting our books!

Here's how we're going to run Round One of the Eyre Battle of the Books:

1) Our family selected 42 books (there are seven of us, so six times seven is forty-two).
2) We took turns selecting one of the 42 books until we all had six books on our list (I helped the younger ones make sure they picked books appropriate for their ages).
2) Everyone will read their six books by June 16th.
3) Everyone will choose their favorite of the six books. That book will move on to round two.
4) If anyone has a strong contender from the 42 books they feel deserves a second look, two others must read the book. If they agree, that book will also move on to round two.

I hope this makes sense. It doesn't entirely make sense to me, and in no way will this be fair or objective, but so far, the kids are pretty darn excited about the whole thing.

Here's our forty-two books with the name of who is reading what on the right. Just for your info, here are the ages of the people in our family:

Lindsay—almost 34 and getting shorter
Mary—nearly 12

And here's our list:

Eyre Family Battle of the Books list

1) The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm edited by Noel Daniel (MARY)
2) Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (SHAEMUS)
3) The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (LUCY)
4) People by Blexbolex (SAM)
5) Everything on it by Shel Silverstein (CALVIN)
6) The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Deedy (LINDSAY)
7) Drawing from Memory by Allen Say (CALVIN)
8) Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (SAM)
9) Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson (SAM)
10) Blizzard of Glass by Sally M. Walker (LUCY)
11) Can we Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins (SHAEMUS)
12) Dragon Castle by Joseph Brushac (LUCY)
13) Hound Dog True by Linda Urban (MARY)
14) The Inquisitor’s Apprentice by Chris Moriarty (LINDSAY)
15) Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt (SAM)
16) Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck (SAM)
17) Sidekicks by Jack Ferraiolo (SHAEMUS)
18) Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown (SAM)
19) Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem (CALVIN)
20) Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer Holm (LINDSAY)
21) Ten Birds by Cybele Young (MARY)
22) Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenburg (LUCY)
23) Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (CALVIN)
24) Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (SHAEMUS)
25) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne Valente (LUCY)
26) This Thing Called the Future by J.L. Powers (MARY)
27) Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet (SHAEMUS)
28) Father Abraham: Lincoln and his sons by Harold Holzer (SAM)
29) Inkblot by Margaret Peot (CALVIN)
30) Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (LUCY)
31) Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Jacobson (MARY)
32) Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan (LINDSAY)
33) The Little Book of Hindu Deities by Sanjay Patel (MARY)
34) How the World Works by Christoph Niemann (LINDSAY)
35) Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy (LINDSAY)
36) Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall (CALVIN)
37) I Lego New York Christoph Niemann (FLANNERY)
38) An Awesome Book of Thanks Dallas Clatyon (FLANNERY)
39) 13 Words by Lemony Snicket (FLANNERY)
40)  The Heart and the Bottle  Oliver Jeffers (FLANNERY)
41) The Quiet Book Deborah Underwood (FLANNERY)
42) Dog Loves Books Louise Yates (FLANNERY)

 And here's another way to look at our list:

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm 
Hound Dog True
Ten Birds
This Thing Called the Future
Small as an Elephant
The Little Book of Hindu Deities
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making 
Titanic Sinks!
Dragon Castle
Blizzard of Glass
The Phantom Tollbooth
Emerald Atlas
Everything On It
Drawing from Memory
Small Persons with Wings
Penderwicks at Point Mouette
Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade 
Zita the Spacegirl
Can we Save the Tiger?
Heart and Soul
Okay for Now
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People
Father Abraham: Lincoln and his sons
Secrets at Sea 
Words in the Dust
How the World Works
Small Acts of Amazing Courage
The Inquisitor’s Apprentice
The Cheshire Cheese Cat
Squish: Super Amoeba
I Lego New York
An Awesome Book of Thanks
13 Words
The Heart and the Bottle
The Quiet Book
Dog Loves Books

If anyone would like to join us in our battle—you and your kids would be welcome! You can join us any way you please. I know most people wouldn't have the time or energy to get their children to read six books  by June 16th (though many of these are picture books—all pretty unique and interesting ones), but if you want your kids to read even just two or three of the books by June 16th and pick their favorite, we'll add it to Round Two. 

In other words—Round Two is open to anyone who'd like to participate. Just let me know what book you think won from the list of forty-two, and we'll add it on. If you want your child to do a short video about the books they read and why they picked the book they did as the winner, I'd love to post it as well. This isn't a competition for the BEST book—the books are too different. This is a competition for your child's (or your) FAVORITE book out of the books they read, the book they would most willingly and enthusiastically hand to their friends. 

Questions? Let me know!!!! And please join us. We'd love to make this a battle of great proportions!!!!

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