Oregon Battle of the Books
Oregon Battle of the Books, or OBOB, is a statewide program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students in 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.
How it works: A series of 16 books are selected for each division (12 for high school) each year by state tournament organizers. The books are purchased by participating school libraries, usually via grant funds, and made available to students.
In the fall, students form teams of 4, often with coaches. Students read the books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, then compete to correctly answer questions about the books in a quiz show-like format.
Teams will compete for the opportunity to be their school's representative at the district tournament in the spring. Students in grades 3-5 compete in one tournament, grades 6-8 in another, and grades 9-12 compete at another level.
Click here to see available Student Resources for the coming school year, including the book lists for all levels.
Oregon Battle of the Books has achieved astonishing success as a reading incentive program in Springfield, with hundreds of students in nearly all schools participating.
Watch some great SPS OBOB videos on YouTube.
Springfield school OBOB coordinators can click here for more resources and tips on managing battles. You can also visit the official Oregon Battle of the Books website for other resources and information.