Oregon Battle of the Books

Are you a student in 4th - 8th grade who loves to read?

Then you should join an Oregon Battle of the Books team.

The Oregon Battle of the Books, OBOB, is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension 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.

  • Students form their own teams of 4-5 students.
  • Teams sign-up on rosters posted in 4 th and 5 th grade classrooms, and in 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th grade literature
    classrooms, as well as in the library, starting next week.
  •  Students will bring home permission slips for parents to join the OBOB email distribution list.
  • Teams read 16 books, divided as the team chooses.
  • Battles take place during school hours: practice battles in January and official battles in February.
  • A parent volunteer should be designated for each team. This volunteer can optionally host/organize team
    meetings. The volunteer for the winning teams, in elementary and middle school, would need to attend the
    regional battle with the team (dates TBD- end of February for elementary and March for Middle).

October – January: Teams read books and meet for discussion and practice battles
January/February: Franklin battles begin
February/March: The winning team from each division participates in the Regional Tournament. Elementary (4 th & 5th) date TBD at McMinnville High School in McMinnville and Middle (6th-8th) date TBD at Silverton High School
April: Regional winners participate in the state competition on April 7 th at Chemeketa Community College in Salem

All Battles and Practice Battles during school hours, reading and team meetings outside of school. Team sign-up rosters will be posted in 4th and 5th grade classrooms, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade literature classrooms, as well as in the library, beginning in October.

Contact Wendy Woothtakewahbitty at wmwooth@gmail.com

For more information on OBOB, visit https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/.