Battle of the Books (OBOB)

What is Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)?
OBOB is a statewide reading program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. The goal of the program is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence and promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.

OBOBStudents participating in the program begin by forming teams of four students and reading books from a pre-determined list of titles. The group usually divvies up the reading assignments, so that no one student is reading all of the titles and all titles are read by at least one (preferably more than one!) student. Over the course of several months, practice battles are conducted between teams. During these battles, students are asked questions about specific details in each of the books on the reading list.

After several practice rounds, official battles begin. During the official battles, questions mirroring those asked during the previous battles are presented. Teams compete against one another and an elimination process reduces the overall number of teams still in the competition to four, then two and, finally, one. The top team from Clear Lake goes to the regional competition. The 2017 regional tournament is scheduled for March 18th at North Eugene High School. Successful teams at regional competitions compete at the state level.

Clear Lake 2017 OBOB Meeting Dates:
January 18th 3:00-3:30 Mock Battles
January 25th 3:00-3:30 Mock Battles
February 8th 3:00-3:45 Official Battles
February 15th 3:00-3:45 Official Battles

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Wondering what all this is about? Check out this video of the 2013 state finals. The elementary division starts at 57:41.

Get the latest on OBOB!
The list of the 2017-18 titles has been released.

Visit the official Oregon Battle of the Books website for more information.

More questions on OBOB? Contact our media specialist, Leslie Brown, or checkout the Clear Lake OBOB website.