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Gearing up for battle

12 Sep

Today I hold the first meeting for the 2013-14 Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB).

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I have visited all the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes and made the presentation. Today, at 2:15, I  will see who is ready to take up the challenge. Last year my team came 2nd at the state finals. Three of those four readers are still at my school. One moved away. I am assuming they will stay together, but I’m not 100% certain of that. What is most exciting to me is seeing the 3rd graders. They are so keen to participate and I love their enthusiasm. I know that there is a group of 4th graders eager to beat last year’s winning team, too.

Today’s meeting is mostly a reiteration of the things I told them when I visited their classes. I will do book talks for kids who are hearing this for the first times, but I know a lot of last year’s kids spent the summer reading the stack of OBOB books, just like I did.

3-5 Poster

There are a few repeats from a couple of years ago and some new ones as well.  Here is the complete list:

Grades 3-5 Division

Abraham Lincoln by Mary Pope Osborne, 2011

Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, 1999

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, 2008

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, 1983

Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff, 2008

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, 2003

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, 2011

Into the Firestorm by Deborah Hopkinson, 2006

Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi, 2012

Marty McGuire by Kate Messner, 2011

Pie by Sarah Weeks, 2011

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, 2004

Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff, 2011

Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan, 2011

Who was Neil Armstrong? by Roberta Edwards, 2008

Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt, 2011

You can get more information about OBOB at http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/page/5653620/FrontPage

The Final Battle

19 Feb

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When they eliminated my library job last year, I was devastated. Although many librarians  chose to move, I chose to stay at my school, for several reasons, but in mo small part because I wanted to continue running Battle of the Books. I had brought OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) to William Walker because I saw a small group of kids who loved reading the way I had when I was a kid. We began with 4 teams that first year. This year we have 8 teams, not all of which are strong, but all in possession of great heart.

And so, after 28 preliminary battles, we are down to the last battle to determine who will represent William Walker Elementary School at the Regional meet. I can’t tell you how anxious I feel and I’m not even competing. I wish there was a way both teams could win, but that’s not real life. Real life is learning to win and lose graciously.

At 2:30 today, the Bookworms and Red Sky will meet in the library. Their classes have been invited to watch. I wish both teams good luck.

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