Battle of the Books is a reading motivation program. The goals of this program are to encourage and to recognize students who enjoy reading and to broaden reading interests.
Lists of books are chosen for grades three/four, five and six/seven. New lists are compiled each year and every effort is made to ensure a range of type, genre and difficulty so that readers may encounter a broad range of books. Students read the books independently and then discuss them, complete reading logs, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of three to correctly answer questions based on the books. The questions used all begin with “In what book…” so that the answer will always be the title of the book. The teams work together to earn points in order to participate as finalists that represent AME at the district zones every year in April. Winners from zones will go on to the district finals.
Battle of the books has proven itself to be effective in its specified purpose- to stimulate and maintain interest in reading through out the grades.
Battle of the Books