Skip to main content

Battle of the Books

If you've been reading this blog for the last several months, you should know that my 9-year-old son, C, was participating in his school's Battle of the Books. It all started in October, when he was placed on a team of five 4th graders. They called themselves Team Bookmasters, and they were one of 16 teams in the school, all made up of 4th or 5th graders.

All of the participants were required to read a set of 8 books. There were an additional 10 books that the team had to read but they were able to divvy them up among the team members. This meant that each of the kids on C's team had to read at least 10 books. C made it through 10 (there they are in the picture!). Two of the kids on his team read all 18!

Starting in January, they met on a weekly basis to practice answering questions about the books. On Friday, they had the actual Battle of the Books. It was very exciting! Each team sat in a circle with a white board and marker. There were judges assigned to each team; I was one of them! They went through four rounds of 12 questions, each of which started with "In which book..." The teams had 30 seconds to discuss the answer and write down the correct title and author. They got 2 points for each correct title and 1 point for the correct author.

Once the four rounds were done, they tallied the scores and five teams moved on to the semifinals. Team Bookmasters was one of the five! We were all very excited! The semifinals was just one round of 12 questions, and Team Bookmasters moved on to the finals against just one other team!

This final round was another 12 questions, and Team Bookmasters only missed one, making them the 2014 Battle of the Books champions!! C and his team were so excited and so were my husband and I, who were so happy to be there to see the results! They even received trophies!

As a mom and a book blogger, I'm so proud of my son! I am so happy that he has found a love for books as I have. And I can't wait to see Team Bookmasters defend their title next year!

Comments

  1. Oh, wow - that sounds SO COOL!! What a great experience for your son! As you know, my 16-year old son has decided he HATES to read which just breaks me heart! Thankfully, he often enjoys school-assigned books when he gets into them. So glad that your son got to be involved with such a fun and exciting program - every school should do that!

    Sue

    Great Books for Kids and Teens is now on Facebook!

    Great Books for Kids and Teens

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was a blast! He really whined when I first signed him up, and he never wanted to start a new book. But once he started each one, he really enjoyed it! And now he wants to do it again next year, which is awesome!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Book Review: The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett

Peter Byerly is distraught over the loss of his wife nine months ago. He has retreated to their cottage in the English countryside, hoping to return to his love of collecting and restoring rare books. But when he opens a book about Shakespeare forgeries and finds a Victorian watercolor of a woman who looks just like his wife, Peter is soon on a search for the origin of the painting and the truth about Shakespeare's real identity.

The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett is a wonderful journey for anyone who loves books. It follows Peter's search in 1995, which turns into a bit of a thriller at times. But Lovett also takes the reader back in time a bit so we can learn the story of his relationship with his wife and how he came to be a bookseller. He does a beautiful job of expressing Peter's feelings about the rare books he encounters, and his feelings are contagious.

And then he takes us back even further to the history of one particular volume, whos…

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…