Table of Contents : Rules | Grades 3-5 | Grades6-8

Wanted:

Enthusiastic Readers for Battle of the Books 2020

A Book Club & Book Trivia Competition!

Love to read & talk with friends?
Enjoy games? Like competition?
Battle of the Books may just be for you!

Awards! Medals! Recognition!

Elementary Teams, gr. 3-5
Middle School Teams, gr. 6-8
2 – 4 Person Teams

May 4 first day to register online for Battle!

Battle of the Books Club Informational Call-In Meeting

Monday, June 1 at 3:00 – 5:00 pm
In place of a live meeting this early in the summer, please call the library during this time at 512-858-7825, and ask for Marie. This would be a great time to voice your interest, ask questions about Battle of the Books, and discuss battle options.
Optional in-person fact gathering visits can be set by appointment by emailing childrenslibrarian@dscl.org with a Battle of the Books subject heading.

Battle of the Books Competition Day
Thursday, July 9th 2:00 – 3:30 pm

For More Information Email: childrenslibrarian@dscl.org


Rules

  • What is BOB? Battle of the Books is a book club with a reading list for two age groups, book discussions within each team and a day for friendly competition between BOB teams in your age group: Grades 3 – 5 and Grades 6 – 8.
  • Join Battle of the Books
  • Complete information can be found on the library website.
  • Teams have 2 – 4 members
  • Yes, you can create your own team or be placed on one!
  • Read and discuss the books among your teammates. Your team decides how the reading will be divided, and when and where you will discuss the books.
  • Parents will act as team sponsors.
  • Teams are encouraged to name their teams and maybe even create a team shirt or “look”!
  • Book copies are available for Battle members specifically – ask for Ms. Marie or Miss Julieta, to checkout and return these special book copies.
  • Titles are a mix of traditional and more recent fiction, with a sprinkling of non-fiction.
  • Books are of various lengths and reading levels to appeal to a wide-range of readers

Competition Day, July 9
Grades 3-5: 2:00 – 2:30pm
Grades 6-8: 3:00 – 3:30pm

Officials:

There will be two officials, the READER and the TIMEKEEPER/SCORER/ JUDGE (TSJ).
These officials will be chosen prior to the battle through consultation of the coordinator.
The reader will receive a packet of official questions, clearly marked for each round. He or she should go over these questions ahead of time to be sure of pronunciation. The TSJ will have a stop watch and clip board with the Battle Rules, an official title list, a score sheet, and a pencil attached.

Process and Scoring of the Battle:

  1. The team that sits on the left will be always be given first chance at the odd numbered questions, and the team on the right will always be given first chance at the even questions.
  2. Right and Left standing cards will be placed on the proper tables.
  3. Each team will select a CAPTAIN who will wear the Captain Button. The READER will accept answers from only that CAPTAIN; no other team member’s answer shall be heard and recorded.
  4. The “odd” team will go first and be read question number one.
  5. The team shall have 30 seconds after the reading of the question to give its response through the team CAPTAIN. Teams are encouraged to confer before giving a response. Only the first answer the CAPTAIN gives will be acceptable–the team cannot use up the time left to guess other titles.
  6. If the title is correct, the team is awarded 5 points. Then the team may have an additional 10 seconds to confer on the author and give its response. An additional 2 points shall be awarded for the correct author.
  7. If a team gives an incorrect title or author, the opposing team may pick up points for title (5 points), or author (2 points), or both. The question will be repeated to the “acquiring” team, which will then have 10 seconds in which to come up with their answer.
    NOTE: If the acquiring team does not answer correctly, play does NOT pass back to the other team.
  8. Regardless of who scored what on the last question, even numbered questions will be read to the even team, and odd numbered questions will be read to the odd team. This means that an “acquiring” team will get to answer two questions in a row–the one it acquired, followed by their own.
  9. If a team has begun its response before time is called, it will be allowed to complete it.
  10. After 12 questions have been asked, half-time score will be announced.
  11. After 24 questions have been asked, the reader must allow 15 seconds for challenges to be articulated through the team captain only. If there are no challenges, the final score will be announced and a winner will be declared. The round will be considered complete and no further challenges will be entertained. The teams will be sent on to their next round.

Answers:

An answer is considered correct even if mispronounced, as long as the judge can discern it. That may mean that an incorrectly article in a title may be used or answers that are slightly off (such as Zekmet the Stone Cutter instead of Zekmet the Stone Carver) are acceptable as well. (That Stone Carver Guy is not acceptable.) A correct author’s name is one that is quoted as it appears on the official Battle of the Books list. The last name only is also acceptable.


Grades 3-5

Click Here to Register!

  • Battle of the Books Club Meeting
    Monday, June 1 at 3:00pm
    In place of a live meeting this early in the summer, please call the library during this time at 512-858-7825, and ask for Marie. This would be a great time to voice your interest, ask questions about Battle of the Books, and discuss battle options.
  • Battle of the Books Game Day
    Thursday, July 9, 2:00 – 2:30pm
    Please arrive by 2:00pm and plan to stay for both levels of competition.
    Friends and family are encouraged to attend; award presentation and reception follows.

Battle of the Books Summer 2020
Reading List for Grades 3 – 5 – Click Here

Book copies are available for Battle members specifically – ask for Ms. Marie or Miss Julieta, to checkout and return these special book copies.


Grades 6-8

Click Here to Register!

  • Battle of the Books Club Meeting
    Monday, June 1 at 3:00pm
    In place of a live meeting this early in the summer, please call the library during this time at 512-858-7825, and ask for Marie. This would be a great time to voice your interest, ask questions about Battle of the Books, and discuss battle options.
  • Battle of the Books Game Day
    Thursday, July 9, 3:00 – 3:30pm
    Please arrive by 2:00pm and plan to stay for both levels of competition.
    Friends and family are encouraged to attend; award presentation and reception follows.

Battle of the Books Summer 2020
Reading List for Grades 6 – 8 – Click Here

Book copies are available for Battle members specifically – ask for Ms. Marie or Miss Julieta, to checkout and return these special book copies.