3rd to 5th Grade Division 

  • Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • George by Alex Gino*
  • Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine
  • The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon by Dana Middleton
  • Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
  • Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Ugly by Robert Hoge
  • Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Wish by Barbara O’Connor

Oregon Battle of the Books is an extra-curricular activity. No student is made to read any one book and this program is totally voluntary. A lot of time and hard work by OBOB volunteers goes into choosing titles for each division. The committee takes nominations from the public for titles each fall and the books that make the final list usually have been highly regarded in literary journals or have received book awards. The committee works to include titles from a variety of genres and books that will appeal to students from the entire state of Oregon. Occasionally, some families may be uncomfortable with a certain book’s content. When this occurs, here are the options for parents:

— Read the book. Reading a book is far better than reading about a book. A lot of our concerns can be relieved just by reading the book in question. Parents are welcome to check out the book from their school library.

— After you have read the book, if you are still uncomfortable, you can discuss the book’s contents with your child. You may opt to have your child read or not read the book. This decision is up to parents.

But what happens if a parent chooses to have their child not read a certain book?

— The only problem is that the book will still be part of the 16 titles that are included in the sets of book questions.

Again, no student is ever made to read any particular one of the titles, but, ideally, the teams themselves choose who will read which book so that all 16 are covered. If one of the books is not read by any team member at all, then the team will have great difficulty correctly answering all of the questions.

OBOB board statement about George (2)

Book Nomination Criteria