Battle of the Books set for Saturday

dsc_0288Cheer on seven teams from local schools during the third Battle of the Books competition

Battle of the Books will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, with  seven teams answering questions about the books they’ve read to claim glory for their team.

The fifth and sixth graders had 10 weeks to read 10 books, Allison McLean, children’s librarian said, emphasizing that team members may divide the reading up however they want. The winning team getting a trophy and bragging rights.

Seven teams from six Elkhart elementary schools will be competing in three rounds of questions. Teams will be representing Mary Beck, Mary Daly, Beardsley, Roosevelt and Pinewood elementary schools. The competition is about keeping young readers engaged and bringing a competition element to reading, an academic activity not often thought of as a competitive event.

 

Here are the books of the 2018 Battle of the Books:

“Ms. Bixby’s Last Day” by John David Anderson

“The Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

“Flora & Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo

“Found” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

“Chomp” by Carl Hiaasen

“Rhyme Schemer” by K. A. Holt

“Crenshaw” by Katherine Applegate

“A Handful of Stars” by Cynthia Lord

“Zane and the Hurricane” by W. R. Philbrick

“The Blackthorn Key” by Kevin Sands

“It’s really awesome because in fifth and sixth grade, kids lose the will to read for fun and this is a great way to keep them engaged in it,” McLean said.

“For kids that continue to read for fun this a great way for them to get recognition, children in sports are often get recognition, this is a chance for readers to get in the spotlight.”

The books will be provided by the library and returned after the program, so that it may continue in future years.

 

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