Oregon Battle of the Books (Grades 3-5)

Hello Helman families,
My name is Jenny Hall and I am the Oregon Battle of the Books Coordinator for our school this year. I do need a helper because this is my last year so if you are interested let me know.

OBOB, the acronym for Oregon Battle of the Books, can be confusing! What EXACTLY is this program?!

OBOB is the statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Students 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. The mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

I like to think of it as a “book club”, whereby the kids will all be reading the same books and they can have fun talking about them.

How OBOB works:
Students (with their parents) decide if they want to do OBOB and teams of four students will be formed. In February, the Helman teams will battle each other and the winning team will go to the regional competition. If they win the regional competition, they can advance to the state competition! One team from all the schools in Ashland will go to the regionals. More info: http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/
When is the competition?
Several days in February. The last few years have been after Valentine’s day and around President’s day weekend.
What are the books?
  • A list for 3rd-5th graders
  • 16 books on the list with Titles perfect for this age group (Don’t freak out, every child does not read all these books)
  • See attached list
Where can the students get the books?
  • Helman Library will have several copies. They are already there and ready to go.
  • The local library will also but all schools are reading the same books so get on the waiting list ASAP
  • Tree House books has them for purchase
Do Students read all the books?
  • No
  • They are in teams of 4, so each student reads between 4 and 6 books over the  next 5 months, and they will become the “expert” for those books. Some team members will choose to read 1Ž2 to all of the books depending on their reading level.
What is an OBOB team?
  • 4 students on a team
  • The team coach, is a VOLUNTEER PARENT of one of these 4 kids, and organizes meetings during or after school or on the weekends to go over the books.
  • This part is supposed to be fun!!!
What is a battle?
  • 2 teams will be asked 10 questions by a moderator about the books and get points
When are teams formed?
  • 3rd grade: The 3rd grade teachers form the teams.
  • 4th grade: Myself with our librarian form the teams with kids input.
  • 5th grade: The kids form the team.
Who is the team coach?
This is a parent of these kids that volunteers their time (during school, after school or on the weekends) to go over the books with the kids in a fun way.  I will give guidance with materials on ways to make this fun and easy!!!   Every Team NEEDS A COACH! This part is fun but key to the whole thing working!
What if my child is not a strong reader?
That is OK!!! We want to promote reading and confidence with reading. What better way to do it then with their friends!!!   They have until March to have a good understanding of 4 books.
How to get started?
  • Look at the reading list and fill out the registration form (which will come home by the end of the month) and give it to your child’s teacher
  • Have your child pick a book and start reading. Every child has to read 20-30 minutes nightly anyway, now they can do it with a team!!!
Thanks parents for your support! This is a fun program!  If you have any questions please email me, hallbrabec@gmail.com or call me 505-366-3293.   Jenny Hall (Sam and Oliver Brabec’s mom)
3-5 Division
  • Blast-off! By Nate Ball
  • The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett
  • Dash by Kirby Larson
  • The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • EllRay Jakes the Recess King! by Sally Warner
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 by     Lauren Tarshis
  • Masterpiece by Elise Broach
  • My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
  • Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells
  • Poppy by Avi
  • The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • We the Children by Andrew Clements
  • Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice
  • Wild Wings by Gill Lewis

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