Sunday, March 23, 2014

Battle of the Books

If you've been reading this blog for the last several months, you should know that my 9-year-old son, C, was participating in his school's Battle of the Books. It all started in October, when he was placed on a team of five 4th graders. They called themselves Team Bookmasters, and they were one of 16 teams in the school, all made up of 4th or 5th graders.

All of the participants were required to read a set of 8 books. There were an additional 10 books that the team had to read but they were able to divvy them up among the team members. This meant that each of the kids on C's team had to read at least 10 books. C made it through 10 (there they are in the picture!). Two of the kids on his team read all 18!

Starting in January, they met on a weekly basis to practice answering questions about the books. On Friday, they had the actual Battle of the Books. It was very exciting! Each team sat in a circle with a white board and marker. There were judges assigned to each team; I was one of them! They went through four rounds of 12 questions, each of which started with "In which book..." The teams had 30 seconds to discuss the answer and write down the correct title and author. They got 2 points for each correct title and 1 point for the correct author.

Once the four rounds were done, they tallied the scores and five teams moved on to the semifinals. Team Bookmasters was one of the five! We were all very excited! The semifinals was just one round of 12 questions, and Team Bookmasters moved on to the finals against just one other team!

This final round was another 12 questions, and Team Bookmasters only missed one, making them the 2014 Battle of the Books champions!! C and his team were so excited and so were my husband and I, who were so happy to be there to see the results! They even received trophies!

As a mom and a book blogger, I'm so proud of my son! I am so happy that he has found a love for books as I have. And I can't wait to see Team Bookmasters defend their title next year!

2 comments:

  1. Oh, wow - that sounds SO COOL!! What a great experience for your son! As you know, my 16-year old son has decided he HATES to read which just breaks me heart! Thankfully, he often enjoys school-assigned books when he gets into them. So glad that your son got to be involved with such a fun and exciting program - every school should do that!

    Sue

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    1. It was a blast! He really whined when I first signed him up, and he never wanted to start a new book. But once he started each one, he really enjoyed it! And now he wants to do it again next year, which is awesome!

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