Time again for the Grand Battle of the Books competition (this is the fifth year of the event) in the Palm Beach County school district on Friday, February 7 when over 2,000 students from 56 elementary, middle, and high schools around the District will convene at The Education Network in a quest to determine who can boldly boast as being excellent readers.
More than a simple “reading contest,” District Library Media Services Manager Bill Purtell said the competition is designed to enhance literacy skills of students across grade levels. “All the books selected come from the Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award and Teen Readers’ Award lists. Students not only read from the titles selected but they then compete in a trivia contest based on what they’ve read,” he explained. The One and Only Ivan (for grades 3-5); Wonder (grades 6-8); and Fault in Our Stars (grades 9-12); are examples of some of the books the youth readers will compete from Friday.
The Grand Battle of the Books competition will be recorded and then broadcast on The Education Network. There are 600 teams registered for the competition. Winning schools will receive a trophy; first and second place teams will receive medals and all participants receive a certificate.
America's Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades 3rd-12th. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. The competitions are similar in style to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competition, however, the structure and format of the competitions may vary depending on the needs, resources, and personal preferences at various school sites or at county/state competitions.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Feb. 2014