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Oregon Battle of the Books

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.

Teams of Bonny Slope students in 4th and 5th grade are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. The teams complete in weekly battles about the content of the books.

The mission of OBOB 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.

OBOB Online Registration

Things you may need to do battle:

(Not exactly Game of Thrones, is it?)

More details below.


What is OBOB?

Oregon Battle of the Books is a reading tournament for 4th &  5th graders. Students form teams of 4 to 5 members, read from the official OBOB list, and challenge each other in a battle of comprehension and memory. Battles begin in January and are held during lunch recess until only one team remains standing. 

This is a state-wide program which is run completely by volunteers through the Oregon Association of School Libraries, OASL, and funded partially through the Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA. 


How and When Are Teams Formed?

Students form their own teams or we can help match players to teams. Generally, teams form in late October.


What are the OBOB Books?

Each year the list of sixteen books changes.  A current list can be found on the official OBOB website http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/

What?! Sixteen Books?

Students don't need to read all the books (although they certainly can!). Team members divide up the reading and everyone has a chance to contribute during the tournament.

What Kind of Questions are asked?
There are sixteen questions total, with one team taking the odds and one team taking the evens.  The first eight are "In Which Book" questions, which must be answered with both the full title and author.  The final eight questions are "Content" questions, where teams must answer a question from a specific book.  If a team answers incorrectly, the opposing team is given the opportunity to answer and steal those points.

Other Things to Know

  • Teams get to come up with cool names!
  • We serve goodies at the OBOB meetings and check ins!
  • The winning team goes on to compete in a regional battle in March, bringing glory to our school!
  • Books are available in the school library, classrooms, and county libraries.
  • Learn more on the OBOB website.
  • Check out the Cedar Mill Library's Resources and practice battles here.

An older video (2012) but a great one to demonstrate the rules and ideas behind the competition: