The "Battle of the Books" is a reading incentive program in elementary, middle school, and high schools across the country. Students are introduced to selected books by librarians and teachers and then begin to read. In Kent, books chosen to read are from the current year's Young Reader's Choice, Kent School District, and Sasquatch Award nominated book lists, ensuring students are reading quality literature.
Students in grades 4-6 comprise the elementary teams, as the reading level of books ranges from third grade through eighth. Teams are created within individual classrooms so that students can meet, touch base, and discuss the books other team members have read. Teams are encouraged to read as many of the selected books as possible. The teams then answer questions, competing to see which team best recalls information from the books.
At participating schools, grade level teams compete in a preliminary
competition against other teams from the same grade level. A winning
team represents their grade level at the school's final round of
questioning. Winning school teams vie for the title of District Champion
in a June tournament.
Last year winning teams from KSD elementary
schools met to determine the elementary level "literary victors" at the
KSD "Battle of the Books" finals. Congratulations to all the
participants and to the winning team from Ridgewood. This year
elementary schools in the Kent School District are once again taking
part in this reading competition and will send a team to the finals!
Kent's Middle Schools hosted their own competitions and will do so again
Sample questions from 2003's "Battle of the Books" (elementary)
Elementary Program Winners:
2002 - Grass Lake - (3 schools participating)
2003 - Meridian (10 schools participating)
2004 - Emerald Park (19 schools participating)
2005 - Sawyer Woods (25 schools partiicpating)
2006 - Emerald Park (28 schools participating)
2007 - Lake Youngs (28 schools participating)
2008 - Ridgewood (28 schools participating)
2009 - Soos Creek (28 schools participating)
2010 - Glenridge (27 schools participating)
2011 - Grass Lake (20 schools participating)
2012 - Grass Lake (24 schools participating)
2013 - Ridgewood (24 schools participating)
2014 - Horizon (24 schools participating)
2015 - Grass Lake (28 schools participating)
2016 - Covington (29 schools participating)
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