[kids-lib] battle of the books

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Thu Nov 15 17:55:10 PST 2012

Hi Melissa,

I took this description from the Oregon Battle of the Books wiki (http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/page/5653620/FrontPage):
“The Oregon Battle of the Books, OBOB, is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. The mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.”

There’s more explanation in the introduction from the 2012-13 handbook that I found on the wiki (http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/file/57890966/Handbook2012-2013.doc):

“Lists of books are chosen, and questions are written for each grade level division. Students read the books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of four students to correctly answer questions based on the books in a ‘quiz show’ format. Questions may begin with the words "In Which Book" so that the answer will be a title and author or there may be “Content” questions with the title of the book supplied. Teams may participate at local, district, regional, and state levels of competition.
New lists of sixteen titles for each level are compiled each year by the selection committee based on the ‘Criteria for the Selection of Titles.’ An attempt is made to vary the titles chosen according to genre and difficulty so that readers may encounter a broad range of books.”

This brochure explains a bit more and lists the books for this year’s battles: http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/file/53200001/OBOB%20Brochure%202013.doc.

If you have more questions after exploring the resources above, I would recommend contacting someone on the OBOB committee. Elke Bruton, who works at the Oregon State Library, is the current chair of the committee. elke.bruton at state.or.us<mailto:elke.bruton at state.or.us>


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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Subject: [kids-lib] battle of the books

Just asked by director to find out some info on battle of the books.
Let's just say ... I've heard of it... and that's about all!
Any suggestions?

Melissa Shafer
Baker County Public Library
Baker City, Oregon

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