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Battle of the Books 2019-20! (For rising 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders)

Dear Rising 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders,

Do you LOVE to read? Then the Lower School Battle of the Books Team (grades 3-5) needs you!

Once again, we will be participating in the SCISA Battle of the Books Competition. In a “Battle”, teams of students compete to answer questions about a set list of books they have all read. The 2019-20 reading list of 20 books is attached. You need to commit to reading at LEAST 10 of the books if you would like to participate. Of course, we encourage everyone to read all twenty! Feel free to check out these books from your local library or purchase them from your favorite bookstore. 

Children who want to participate need to read their books over the summer.  Some students find it helpful to take notes about significant details or to write sample questions. (ex: In what book does the main character wear rainbow socks in honor of her hero?  In what book does an osprey get injured by a fishing line?)  In the fall, the team will meet once a week to discuss the books. Since we want to include 5th graders this year, the proposed meeting time will be 330-415 on Thursdays. There is no cost to participate, but students are expected to attend every weekly meeting.

During the competition, each team is asked identifying questions about the books.  Each question begins with, “In what book…?” and students will need to answer with the COMPLETE title and the author’s last name. We will practice how to answer these questions during our meeting times together.

The 2019-20 Regional Event will be taking place on January 9, 2020 at a location still to be determined. All participants attend the Battle, but only six students can participate in each of 4 rounds. This limits our team  to a maximum of 24 members. Unfortunately, this means we may not be able to include everyone who is interested.  If we win our Regional tournament, we may qualify to compete in the State championship at Thomas Sumter Academy on January 23rd. Parents are welcome to attend the Battles if they would like, but it is not required. We will use the school’s busses to transport the team.

PARENTS:  If your child is interested in participating in the Battle of the Books, please complete and return the attached form by May 24th. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.  The students who participated last year loved it and are very excited to start reading for this year!  We’d love to share that excitement!

Happy Reading!

Susan Easter, LS Librarian

Battle of the Books Reading List





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