Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Sixteen high quality book titles are chosen each year for the 3rd to 5th grade level, addressing a broad range of genres and interests. Students form teams, with each team deciding how to divide the 16-book list so that all books are covered/read by the team. Teams can have as few as two members and as many as four members (with the ability to have a fifth member to rotate in). A typical “battle” is a tournament or game, somewhat like Jeopardy, in which student teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book list.
This year’s 3rd-5th Grade Division book list is as follows:
- The Ark Plan by Laura Martin
- Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
- Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
- Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
- Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
- Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
- Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan
- Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights by Malala Yousafzai
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
- Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
- Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
- Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan
- Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
- Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
- The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
Many copies of each book have been purchased for the Cedar Mill Elementary school library. Our public library system has also purchased many copies of each book; if you put an in-print OBOB title “on hold,” you will likely receive your title in under a week, as the queue moves very quickly. The public library also has e-book and audible versions of most titles, although the wait times for these versions are much longer.
- The Official OBOB website includes the full 22-page rule handbook, FAQs, coach guide, a sample battle, sample score sheets, etc.
- Author pronunciation guides:
- Washington County library (WCCLS) OBOB site
- The WCCLS Cedar Mill branches have created additional OBOB resources.
- There is a very active OBOB Facebook page, where parents and teachers add tips, sample battle questions, and other cool activities.
- Youtube has many videos with short book trailers, previous years’ battles, etc.
Mark your calendars!
Monday February 24th (after school): Cedar Mill Elementary school-wide OBOB battle. Families are welcome to attend. Also – volunteers will be needed to moderate and score the battles!
Contact OBOB chair for any questions!