The School District No. 73 Battle of the Books is fast approaching us! Those teams that win will participate in the District Battle at the Henry Grube Education Centre. Battle of the Books is a reading motivation program which encourages reading fiction books from a variety of genres.
The Battle of the Books program was developed by School District librarians to encourage and to recognize students who enjoy reading and to broaden reading interests. As many as 30 elementary schools participate in Zone and District Battles, with the winners being every student who has become a veracious reader.
A list of books is chosen for grades three and four, grade five and grades six and seven. Students read the books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents and compete in teams of three to correctly answer the questions based on the books. The questions used all begin with “In what book...” so that the answer will always be the title of a book.
New lists of books for every level are compiled each year by a committee of the teacher-librarians based on the Criteria of Book Selection (contained in the Battle Handbook ).
An attempt is made to vary the titles chosen as to genre and difficulty so that readers may encounter a broad range of books. The district wide program involves a cooperative effort by many teacher-librarians.
Battle of the Books proves to be effective in its specified purpose – to stimulate an interest in reading! It is popular with students and has provided new opportunities for academic competition.