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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books



What is the Battle of the Books?

America’s Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 3-5. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with their peers.

How does a student participate?

A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that year’s America’s Battle of the Book list. Students may count books they have read before. However, they cannot count books that they have only seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book. They should keep a summary so they can review this information before their “battle”. Starting in December, there will be book discussions taking place after school on Fridays and hosted by various Stanton teachers. Students are encouraged to attend as many of these book discussions as possible so that they are more prepared to “battle”.

Does a student need to read all of the books to participate?

No, students do not need to read all books, but the students are required to read half of the required books that are on the book list. Of course the more they read, the more they can help their team.

Where does the student get the books?

School library, teachers, and local library

When do students read the books?

The school battle will be held on Friday, May 12th; therefore, students will have plenty of time to read the books during the school year.

What is the “battle”?

Our “battle” will be an afternoon tournament or game, like the College Bowl, in which students’ teams earn points by answering questions about books on the book list. There are 3 styles of competition-Family Feud, Relay Style, and Super Challenge. They play several rounds, each against different teams. At the end of the afternoon, points are totaled and winners are announced. Everyone celebrates with the snack after the competition. All participants will receive a certificate of participation and the top teams will earn a medal and a small prize.

 How does it benefit my child?

The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books, sharing them with friends, parents, and teachers, plus a fun day of playing in the “battle”.

Parental Involvement:

We will need parent volunteers to help in various capacities during the day of the “battle”.