Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Only One Remains

There are many different types of book battles, surprisingly!

Our local library hosts an annual Battle of the Books for the 5th graders around our area.  The students form teams and read and study the selected books. One night all the teams gather at the local high school to compete over all the books.

Our school will host our third annual Battle of the Book to end our One Book, One School celebration.  Teams compete to see who knows the most about the book.  Even teachers get in on the fun!

But, today starts my favorite Battle, the one School Library Journal (SLJ) puts on each year! The 16-book list is handed out after the ALA Youth Media Awards.  Starting mid- to late March, an author will judge two books and decide which moves to the second round.  This goes on each weekday until we get to the Big Kahuna.  The book Kahuna judges the final two books plus a book that rises from the dead! Each year, SLJ adds a new twist to the contest.  This year - students writing as books! Check out Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4.  Such a great idea! I must figure out a way to incorporate it!

I didn't have time to read all the contenders this year but here are my picks anyway!
Round 1
  • Bomb
  • Code Name Verity
  • Endangered
  • Fault in Our Stars
  • Jepp
  • Splendors
  • Seraphina
  • The One and Only Ivan
If you haven't already, check out the SLJ Battle of the Books. Great books, great judges, great reading!

I'm joining the Slice of Life March Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I'm late to the game but I'm staying until the end. #slice2013


  1. I love this! I checked out the SLJ battle a week or so ago, but I forgot it was going on now. I need to check it out. I may try to do something with it next year.

    1. Maybe you and I can take a batty break and do something with it if we haven't figured out how to do this at school???

  2. I love the idea of book battles to get kids defending and supporting their favorite books! Making it a competition makes reading so much more exciting!

    1. the more students are invested in their own learning, the greater the outcome!

  3. 4 for 4 so far! You go! But I'm hoping your next two picks are going down... :)


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