Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Battle of the Books Official List and Information

Battle of the Books has begun! Third through eighth grade will spend the next six weeks reading and strategizing before going head to head with the other classes in fast paced battles that test comprehension. Tuesday the official list of 29 books was released. Classes will work together to not only read these books, but master them. Because each student can answer only three questions per battle, it must be a team effort. Which class will come out on top? It's anyone's game at this point. Be sure to ask your student what BOB book they are reading. You are more than welcome to read it with them or even to them! 

How are books chosen?

The Battle of the Book list is chosen by a team of teachers and administrators. They review the National Librarian’s Association recommendations, Newberry Medal winners, Caldecott Medal winners, and other notable award winners. From these lists they find books that range from the lowest reading level participating to 3 years above the highest grade participating. From there they ensure that we have fiction and nonfiction, historical fiction, classics, sports fiction, animal fiction, adventure, and a biography. The last consideration is a balance between female and male characters. The idea is to have at least one book in the list that appeals to every child participating.

What if I think a book is over my child’s head or is inappropriate for them?

The beauty of Battle of the Books is that it is a team effort. No one child is expected to read every book. In fact, it’s best if they don’t read every book. Choose 2 or 3 from the list that you are OK with and read those.

Can my child listen to the book/watch the movie/have it read to them etc?

YES! The idea is for children to be exposed to literature and to understand the story. They can have it read to them by an adult or older sibling, listen to it on tape, or read it themselves. They can watch the movie, but be careful; often the movie is not the same as the book.

Official List
1. Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham 

2. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 

3. Holes by Louis Sachar 

4. The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch 

5. Emma by Jane Austen 

6. Stuart Little by E.B. White 

7. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh 

8. Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary 

9. Ecoviews Snakes, Snails, and Environmental Tales by Whit Gibbons and Anne R. Gibbons 

10. Freckle Juice by Judy Blume 

11. Elephant Run by Roland Smith 

12. The Skirt by Gary Soto 

13. The Boy on the Wooden Box How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List by Leon Leyson with Marilyn J.Harran & Elisabeth B. Leyson

14. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

15. Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles 

16. Courage Has No Color-The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone 

17. Peace Warriors by Andrea Davis Pinkney 

18. The Wildlife Detectives How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature by Donna M. Jackson 

19. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 

20. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh 

21. The Walk On by John Feinstein 

22. Frindle by Andrew Clements 

23. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons, a Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson 

24. Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan 

25. How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills 

26. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull 

27. The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop 

28. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson 

29. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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