Battle of the Books Summer 2017

Jun 21st, 2017

What is it?  

The ‘Battle’ is a collaborative reading competition for students entering 3rd- 8th grade. It is designed to enhance reading comprehension, provide opportunities for collaboration and encourage students to read quality literature. 

How does it work?  

Teams read books (over the summer) from a pre-selected list.  The lists vary depending on grade level.  In the fall, teams gather to compete.  Our Competition includes rounds of written questions about the books and matching titles with authors.  Most competition questions begin with the words, "In which book" Correct answers include the corresponding title.

Books on the reading lists have been carefully read by master educators, specializing in reading education. The books are selected for their high-interest level, challenging vocabulary, multiple reading levels, and content. The books are purposefully selected to expose students to a variety of genres, quality authors, diverse cultures and historical eras.

Last year, over 100 of our students participated!

How do we register?

Students form teams consisting of 1 or 2  members for the 3/4 competition or 1, 2 or 3 members for grades 5-8.  There are three competition levels - studentsentering 3/4, entering 5/6 and entering 7/8. 

Before registering, please, please, please, talk with your child about being a committed teammate.   Every year I have students register and then change their mind.  This leaves his/her teammates in an unfortunate situation.  

Online registration starts May 27

Then what?

  • Students read the books over the summer and in the early fall. All the books can be found at the Hennepin County Library.    
  • Participants should keep a ‘Battle Log’ with titles and notes
  • In October, teams gather for or friendly competition to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read.   The contest is during the school day and there are different competitions for different grade levels.  Prizes are awarded for 1st place in the Battle at each competition level.  
  • Note: Battle reading can be applied to the fall Middle School reading contract for our rising 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students.

How do students become better readers?

By reading!  

We are proud to offer this fun, collaborative, engaging opportunity for Annunciation students. Warning: This event may include crazy, over the top, ice cream sundaes!

Book Lists (download the lists)

Entering 3rd Grade
Mr. Popper's Penguins, Atwater, Richard
The World According to Humphrey, Birney, Betty
Freckle Juice, Blume, Judy
A Lion to Guard Us, Bulla, Clyde Robert
Tornado, Byars, Betsy
Muggie Maggie, Cleary, Beverly
Sadoko and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Coerr, Eleanor
Molly's Pilgrim, Cohen, Barbara
Miss Rumphius, Cooney, Barbara
George's Marvelous Medicine Dahl, Roald
James and the Giant Peach, Dahl, Roald
My Father's Dragon Gannett, Ruth Stiles
Boxcar Children, (1st book), Warner, Gertrude
Charlotte's Web, White, E. B.
Little House in the Big Woods, Wilder, Laura Ingalls

Entering 4/5th
The One and Only Ivan, Applegate, K
Phineas L. MacGuire…Erupts!, Dowell, F
Love, Rudy Lavender, Wiles, Deborah
Full Cicada Moon Hilton, M
My Side of the Mountain, George, Jean Craighead
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Grabenstein, C
The Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud, Jurmain, Suzanne
Sheep, Hobbs, V
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax, Winter, J
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, Jones, K
The Dreamer, Ryan, P & Sis, P.
Masterminds, Korman, G
I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 Tarshis, L
Castle in the Attic, Winthrop, E
The Fourteenth Goldfish, Holm, J. 
The Gammage Cup, Kendall, C
Lincoln and Kennedy - a Pair to Compare, Baretta
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, Sachar, L

Entering 6-8th
Chains, Anderson, L
Stand Tall,  Bauer, J
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Boyne, J
The London Eye Mystery, Dowd, S
Becoming Ben Franklin, Freedman, R
Feathers, Woodson, J
The Great Trouble:  A mystery of London, the Blue Death and a Boy Called Eel, Hopkinson, D
The Fairy Tale Matchmaker, Baker, E.D
Kid Owner, Green, T
No Summit Out of Sight, Romero, J
When You Reach Me, Stead, R
Red Queen, Aveyard, V.
The True Confessions of Charlotte, Doyle, Avi
Seriously, Norman Raschka, C.
The Key to Extraordinary, Lloyd, N
A Long Walk to Water, Park L
Ring of Endless Light, L'Engle
Elephant Run, Smith R
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain, M
Pictures of Hollis Woods, Giff, P
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse, Marshall J
The Young Man and the Sea, Philbrick R
Counting by 7's, Sloan, H
The Land, Taylor, M

Not interested in the competition but want to keep your child reading over the summer?

Here are some ideas from Common Sense Media.

Questions:  Contact Anne LaLonde Laux –

Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator