Tomball Battle of the Books

 

4th Annual

Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading competition for students in 3rd-8th grade. Students read books from the official list, demonstrate their abilities, and test their knowledge of the books they have read in a friendly school competition.
 
What Is It?

The Tomball Book Tournament is a  voluntary reading competition for students in 3rd-8th grade. Students read books from the official list, demonstrate their abilities, and test their knowledge of the books they have read in a competitive district competition.

 

 

Student Teams

Elementary Competition: Grades 3-5, will compete with 1 team from each Elementary campus.
(For K-5 Elementry Schools only)
 
Intermediate/Junior High Competition: Grades 5-8, will compete with 1-2 teams from each Intermediate & Junior High/Intermediate campus. Each team will consist of 3-6 students.
(For Intermediate students 5th & 6th grade at TIS, NIS, and OIS)
 
 

What Books Do I Read?

The official reading lists for each competition consists of 28 books. The list can be found below. Books from the reading list can be found at our school's library for checkout (in limited quantities), the public library, or acquired personally by the students. Students do not need to read all 28 books. In fact, it is discouraged. Read the tips below for more on reading.

 

How do I join? What will be expected? 

Students in 3rd - 8th Grade are eligible to participate at the school level. Students will be responsible to meet, read, discuss, and prepare for competition.  These meetings will be primarily student-led.

 

 

*Practices will be held during school and/or after school as decided by the team members. 

 

Campus/District Team selection and configuration will be determined by campus librarian/sponsor such as a written exam, tryouts, or mock competition.  The final team selection deadline is TBA.

 

 

What Do I Do Now? B.O.T.B Tips...

  • If your student is interested in participating, have them begin reading some of the books that interest them from the list below
  • As they read the book, have them jot down notes about the characters and the main events that are happening. Get a notebook or folder to keep track of all your notes!
  • Do not read all 28 books! This will be a team activity, and teams will be formed later in the school year. I have found that students who have read a large number of the books individually tend to forget what happened in each story.  The goal is to have students all read from the list and possibly every book read by at least 2-3 students. 
  • I would recommend not forming a team yet. Students should just begin reading on their own until the end of the Fall season when they will begin to form teams based on suggestions from Mrs. Valenzuela. Listen to morning announcements at school for more information. 
 
 
If you have any more questions about the Battle of the Books, please contact Mrs. Valenzuela.
 

Contest Date:

Grades 5-8 - 3/9/21

Grades 3-5 - 3/11/21

1302 Keefer Rd, Tomball, TX 77375


Time: TBD