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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

 

 

 

 

Battle of the Books, America’s #1, nationwide, reading incentive program, will soon launch at Monte Vista Elementary for the 2022/23 school year. The Battle Dates will take place March 20th-24th. The purpose of Battle of the Books (BOB) is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.  Your children may be coming home with new books, book lists, story maps and excitement about battles in March.  Here is a short explanation of Battle of the Books for Monte Vista parents so you can share in your children’s reading and battling excitement.

Who Participates:  All 3-6 graders are invited to participate and are assigned to a BOB team.

Teams:  Each student will be put on a BOB team, which consists of 4-5 students in their class.  Each team has a diversity of reading levels between students.

Book Lists:  There is a 20 book list for 3rd-4th graders and a 20 book list for 5th-6th graders.  These book lists are generated each year by the Battle of the Books organization and contain a mix of classics and new literature.  Each student will be given a laminated book mark listing the 20 books for their grade.  Book lists can also be found below.

3rd and 4th Grades

The Chalk Box Kid

The Chalk Box Kid
by Clyde R. Bulla

Bearstone

Bearstone
by Will Hobbs

The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs

Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs
by Betty G. Birney

Earthquake Terror

Earthquake Terror
by Peg Kehret

The Wild Robot : By New York Times best selling author Peter Brown

The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown

Henry's Freedom Box: A true story from the underground railroad . By ellen levine and Kadie Nelson

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story…
by Ellen Levine

Wanted… Mud Blossom
by Betsy Byars

Alvin HO: Allergic to Girls, School & Other…
by Lenore Look

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher 

by Bruce Coville

*A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

A Handful of Stars
by Cynthia Lord

Moo
by Sharon Creech

*All About Sam by Lois Lowry

All About Sam
by Lois Lowry

*Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind  
by Sharon M. Draper

*Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport

Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller
by Doreen Rappaport

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by John R. Erickson

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
by John R. Erickson

The Best School Year Ever  by Barbara Robinson

The Best School Year Ever 

by Barbara Robinson

*Pocket Full of Colors by Amy Guglielmo

Pocket Full of Colors
by Amy Guglielmo

*Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda

Rowan of Rin
by Emily Rodda

*The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman

The Million Dollar Shot

by Dan Gutman

Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles

Each Little Bird that Sings
by Deborah Wiles

 

5th and 6th Grades

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson

Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Peterson

Ruby Holler  by Sharon Creech

Ruby Holler

by Sharon Creech

Bud, Not Buddy  by Christopher P. Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher P. Curtis

Rules  by Cynthi Lord

Rules

by Cynthi Lord

*City of Ember: the First Book of Ember  by Jeanne DuPrau

City of Ember: the First Book of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau

Savvy  by Ingrid Law

Savvy

by Ingrid Law

Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest…  by Patricia Wrede

Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest…

by Patricia Wrede

Snow Treasure  by Marie McSwigan

Snow Treasure

by Marie McSwigan

Fortunately, the Milk  by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately, the Milk

by Neil Gaiman

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

Summer of the Monkeys 

by Wilson Rawls

*Found  by Margaret P Haddix

Found

by Margaret P Haddix

*Found  by Margaret P Haddix

The False Prince

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by JK Rowling

The Girl Who Drank the Moon  by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

by Kelly Barnhill

Ida B…and Her Plans to Maximize Fun…  by Katherine Hannigan

Ida B…and Her Plans to Maximize Fun…

by Katherine Hannigan

*War Horse  by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse

by Michael Morpurgo

Night of the Twisters  by Ivy Ruckman

Night of the Twisters

by Ivy Ruckman

Who Was Walt Disney  by Whitney Steward

Who Was Walt Disney

by Whitney Steward

Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters…  by K Klise & M. Sarah Klise

Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters…

by K Klise & M. Sarah Klise

Worth  by A. Lafaye

Worth

by A. Lafaye

 

Book Assignment:  This year we have decided to let the students PICK their books  instead of having the teachers assign them!  Students are encouraged to read as many books as they are able.  The more books team members read, the stronger the team will be during the battles in March.

Reading:  BOB books may be read individually by the student, by a parent as a read-a-loud, or listened to as an audio book.  Once your child completes the book, they will fill out a story map and receive reading incentive prizes (raffle ticket for a weekly prize mobile drawing, book buttons, prize from the BOB prize alley).

Battle Week:  The 2022/23 March Madness battle week is March 20th-24th.  With the help of parent volunteers and teachers, 3rd and 4th grade teams will battle Monday and Tuesday mornings.   5th and 6th grade teams will battle Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  Based on points earned, the top two teams from each group will advance to the final battle on Friday, which will take place during a BOB school assembly.

Battles:  Each battle consists of two teams and a judge who will ask 20 questions about any of the 20 books on the BOB book list.  The team must answer with both book title and author to get full points for the question.  Partial points are given for a correct title but an incorrect author (or visa versa).

Sportsmanship:  In addition to motivating reading and a love for books, BOB teaches sportsmanship.  Losing is hard. Every battle will result in a winner and loser.  Participation in Battle of the Books gives the students opportunities to develop stronger sportsmanship skills.

Grand Prize:  60 students will be given the opportunity to attend an in-school field trip on TBA to Obstacle Warrior Kids in Sandy.  These 60 students will include students who: advanced to the final battle (4 teams), read all 20 books, or showed good sportsmanship and/or leadership.

We are excited to have Battle of the Books at Monte Vista for many years to come. This reading program has the ability to increase the reading skills and love of books of our children.  Any questions you may have regarding Battle of the Books may be directed to Becca Sorensen at Becca_sue0415@yahoo.com  You can also find more information about Battle of the Books at their website:  battleofthebooks.org