DC Battle of the Books
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. We recognize 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 as funding and time allows.
Virtual Battle of the Books 2024
Mark your calendars and begin sharing with your students and colleagues! The Battle of the Books working group is excited to announce details for the 2024 competition.
This year’s Battle of the Books competition will take place virtually with the opportunity for the top 4 teams to attend an in-person battle. All D.C. upper elementary students (4th and 5th graders) and middle school students (6th, 7th, and 8th graders) are invited to join. This year’s Three Stars nominees will serve as the Battle of the Books picks. The coach from each participating school MUST be a member of DC Library Association. If not a member, join today.
If you are interested in coaching a Battle of the Books team at your school, please fill out this form (linked) so you will continue to receive communications about the event. Librarians who wish to have a set of books donated by the Junior League of Washington should complete the form by January 19th.
Full details below:
District-Wide Virtual Battle: Thursday, May 23rd (10AM for Upper Elementary, 1PM for Middle School)
In-person Battle for top Upper Elementary + Middle School Teams:
Thursday, May 30th at the Charles Sumner School. Upper Elementary, 10AM and Middle School, 12:30PM
Book Picks: Visit the DCLA Three Stars website (linked)
Teams: Each school can have up to 3 teams of up to 5 students each.
2024 BOOK LIST
UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Practice with Our Previous Virtual Battle of the Books Questions
DC-area schools can participate in a Virtual Battle of the Books through Kahoot. In partnership with Junior League of Washington, questions were designed using titles from the Three Stars Book Award nominees from their respective years in the Upper Elementary and Middle School categories. Play at home or stage a virtual battle with students!
2023 Upper ES and Middle School Questions (160 questions)
2022 High School Battle of the Books (100 questions)
2022 Middle School Battle of the Books (80 questions)
2022 Upper Elementary Battle of the Books (80 questions)
2021 Middle School Battle of the Books (100 questions)
2021 Upper Elementary Battle of the Books (80 questions)
Middle school participants display their answers during the 2019 event at Dunbar HS