Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Battle of the Books Q&A and Official List

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 30 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
Battle of the Books 2018
Battles Begin: February 20th
·        Uglies by Scott Westerfield
·        El Deafo by Cece Bell
·        The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
·        Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
·        The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Shindler
·        The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman
·        Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
·        The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff
·        The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
·        Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
·        Hidden Figures Young Reader's Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly
·        Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang
·        June Peters, You Will Change The World One Day by Alika R Turner and Naafi N Rohm
·        George by Alex Gino
·        I Survived: The Eruption of Mount Saint Helens 1980 by Lauren Tarshis
·        Dirt Bike Racer by Matt Christopher
·        Profiles: Tech Titans by Carla Killough McClafferty
·        Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
·        The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
·        Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1 The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
·        Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff and Iacopo Bruno
·        Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
·        The Apple Tree: Bilingual English and Mandarin Chinese Books for Kids by Ms Jane C. Thai
·        Martina Una Cucarachita Muy Linda by Carmen Agra Deedy
·        The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
·        Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists by Jeannine Atkins
·        Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
·        The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco JimĂ©nez
·        The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
·        Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy by Maria Dismondy
·        No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero

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