This year, 13 schools within our district will be hosting a “Battle of the Books” tournament. This voluntary reading program encourages students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers. Each age group has a 20 set book list! There are four groups and each team member is responsible for five books. For secondary schools (like Dixon and Cenntenial) they created their own 20 book list based upon their interests.

A few of our schools have already started their first round of battles! During the first quarter of the year, the students compete in a monthly battle by answering in-depth questions about the books. 

These battles are more than just a friendly competition. The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books that nourish their hearts and minds. They become lifelong readers of excellent literature that builds upon historical values and dignity of life. 

Interested in knowing which books were chosen for this year’s tournament? Check out the reading lists below! See any books that you have read? See any that you’d like to start reading? 

Third and Fourth Grade Books:

  1. Bulla, Clyde R. -The Chalk Box Kid
  2. Birney, Betty G. -Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs
  3. Byars, Betsy -Wanted. . . Mud Blossom
  4. Coville, Bruce -Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
  5. Creech, Sharon -Moo
  6. Draper, Sharon M. -Out of My Mind
  7. Erickson, John R. -The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
  8. Guglielmo, Amy -Pocket Full of Colors
  9. Gutman, Dan -The Million Dollar Shot
  10. Hobbs, Will -Bearstone
  11. Kehret, Peg -Earthquake Terror
  12. Levine, Ellen -Henry’s Freedom Box
  13. Look, Lenore Alvin Ho: -Allergic to Girls
  14. Lord, Cynthia -A Handful of Stars
  15. Lowry, Lois -All About Sam
  16. MacLachlan, Patricia S. -Plain and Tall
  17. Rappaport, Doreen -Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller
  18. Robinson, Barbara -The Best School Year Ever
  19. Rodda, Emily -Rowan of Rin
  20. Wiles, Deborah -Each Little Bird that Sings

Fifth and Sixth Grade Books:

  1. Barnhill, Kelly -The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  2. Creech , Sharon -Ruby Holler
  3. Curtis, Christopher P. -Bud, Not Buddy
  4. DuPrau, Jeanne -City of Ember: the First Book of Ember
  5. Gaiman, Neil -Fortunately, the Milk
  6. Haddix, Margaret -P Found
  7. Hannigan, Katherine -Ida B…and Her Plans to Maximize Fun
  8. Klise K. & Klise, M. -Sarah Regarding the Fountain
  9. LaFaye, A. -Worth
  10. Law, Ingrid -Savvy
  11. Lord, Cynthia -Rules
  12. McSwigan, Marie -Snow Treasure
  13. Morpurgo, Michael -War Horse
  14. Nielsen, Jennifer A. -The False Prince
  15. O’Reilly, Bill -Lincoln’s Last Days
  16. Paterson, Katherine -Bridge to Terabithia
  17. Rawls, Wilson -Summer of the Monkeys
  18. Rowling, JK -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  19. Ruckman, Ivy -Night of the Twisters
  20. Wrede, Patricia -Dealing With Dragons: The Enchanted Forest
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