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Battle of the Bad Bookmarks: Finals

Quarterfinals | Semifinals | Finals | Winner/Loser

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
– Winston Churchill

It’s difficult to argue that what Churchill was speaking of here was the necessity of a bracket-style tournament to determine the world’s worst bookmark. That is exactly the task before us. But before the voting begins, let’s see who’s in the finals.

Semifinal #1: Tissue vs. Another Book

The winner/loser is…

Another Book

Here’s how the voting went down (all numbers are percentages):

A shocker! I expected tissue to cruise into the final. Shows what I know about popular bookmark opinion. The majority of voters feel that using another book to mark a book is a poor choice.

Semifinal #2: Bandage vs. Pencil

The winner/loser is…


Here’s how the voting came out (all numbers are percentages):

Pencil moves on with the exact same percentage of the vote as Another Book. You know what this means – the final is gonna be tightly contested! Here we go…

Battle of the Bad Bookmarks Final:

Another Book vs. Pencil

Polls are open today (Wednesday, February 22) until 8:00 PM EST. Check back tomorrow to see the winner.

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Here’s how the tournament has gone thus far:


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. That was a hard choice! I really thought the tissue would make it too the end.

  2. I’m guessing that, like me, other librarians are voting for the bookmarks that are most likely to actually damage the book. Pencils in books make me cringe!

  3. I am reading Wonderstruck right now. Can you imagine trying to use that as a bookmark? ;)

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