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Battle of the Bad Bookmarks: The Winner/Loser Is…

Quarterfinals | Semifinals | Finals | Winner/Loser

Through your votes, the bracket-style Battle of the Bad Bookmarks has come down to our two finalists:

Another Book vs. Pencil

The unifying theme? Both methods tend to be rough on the book spine, a sure way to draw the ire of librarians.

When the polls closed, I checked the voting percentages and saw this:

I knew the final vote would be close, but a tie? I checked the number of votes and saw that it wasn’t a tie:

Yes, the whole thing came down to a single vote. In the closest matchup of the tournament, the winner/loser of the Battle of the Bad Bookmarks is…

So if you often use this method of marking a book, you’re going to have to change your ways. Allow me to suggest some of the actual bookmarks that folks have seen/used and sent me since the beginning of this tournament:

  • A Slice of Bacon
  • Square of Toilet Paper, Folded in Thirds
  • A Pepperoni
  • Business Card
  • Embarrassing Photo
  • Dental Floss Pick
  • Q-Tip
  • Boarding Pass
  • Entire Sheet of Paper
  • Concert Ticket
  • Lollipop Stick (Used)
  • Homework
  • Hair Elastics

Thanks to everyone who voted.

Here’s how the tournament unfolded (all numbers are percentages):

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I’m gratified that “Another Book” pulled out a squeaker. I am surprised no one mentioned my personal favorite/unfavorite, an unchewed stick of gum.

  2. SO amazing. Love this series. I am guilty of a book in a book. Yikes!

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