The Battle of the Books is a reading competition designed to improve reading and comprehension while building enthusiasm for reading using a fun and unique competition format. Students will compete in teams to demonstrate their knowledge of 8 preselected books.
Students in 4th and 5th grade are eligible to compete. Students need to read a minimum of three of the "Battle" books by February 1, 2020 to be eligible to serve on a team. Students are encouraged to read as many of these books as possible. Students may find the books in the school library, the public library (both physical and digital), the bookfair, and at bookstores. The competition will take place in the spring, most likely in March.
Students are encouraged to form their own teams of four or five members in their grade level. If necessary, the librarian will help students find a team. Students are expected to choose a team name and elect a team captain. Students may practice with their team before, during and after school hours. However, most of the work can be done individually.
This year’s books were selected from the 2019-2020 Volunteer State Book Award nominee list. These books include a variety of genres, reading levels, and themes. This year’s list includes: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley, Army Brats by Daphne Benedis-Grab, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling, Real Friends by Shannon Hale and Pham LeUyen, Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, Amina's Voice by Hena Khan, The Secret of Goldenrod by Jane O'Reilly, Framed! by James Ponti, and Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia.
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