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Battle of the Books 2021

DCLA Virtual Battle of the Books 2021

DC-area schools can participate in this year's Virtual Battle of the Books through Kahoot. In partnership with Junior League of Washington, questions were designed using titles from the 2021 Three Stars Book Award nominees in the Upper Elementary and Middle School categories. Play at home or stage a virtual battle with students!

Middle School Battle of the Books (100 questions)

Upper Elementary Battle of the Books (80 questions)

The BOB (Battle of the Books) is a district-wide reading motivation program based upon the current Three Stars nominated titles.  This program is sponsored by DCLA SLS (District of Columbia Library Association School Library Section).  Students in 4th-8th grades participate in this competition by simply reading the Three Stars titles listed on the DCLA SLS website and answering questions.   

DCLA SLS’s BOB mission is to encourage a culture of reading and introduce students to new and exciting titles that they might not normally read. This competition has been moved virtually for the 2021-2022 school year and will be housed on the DCLA SLS website this coming March.  Once the link is live, an announcement will go out to all school LMS for students to participate.   
DCLA SLS recognizes that the in-person BOB competition is an annual event that staff and students enjoy and look forward to each year.  We hope to resume our in-person competition during the 2021-2022 school year.   


  1. Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander
  2. Isaiah Dunn is my hero by Kelly Baptist
  3. The Supadupa Kid 2 by Ty Allan Jackson
  4. When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
  5. Stand Up, Yumi Chung! By Jessica Kim
  6. Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
  7. A Wish in the Dark by Christine Soontornvat
  8. Three Keys: A Front Desk novel by Kelly Yang

  1. A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan
  2. This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell; illustrated by Aurélia Durand
  3. Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
  4. From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  5. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
  6. Land of Cranes by Aida Salazar
  7. Born to Fly by Steve Sheinkin
  8. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
  9. Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
  10. Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

Middle school participants display their answers during the 2019 event at Dunbar HS

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