Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a reading competition for students throughout the state of Oregon. It has three grade-level divisions: 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Students are quizzed about characters, story comprehension and events, authors’ names, and titles.

OBOB is voluntary – students only participate if they want to and with both teacher and parent permission. It is super fun and provides students great reading material. It is a pretty big time commitment though, and students are part of a team. I encourage students to participate in OBOB, but expect every student to be a good team member and to follow through with their share of the reading. Students who sign-up for OBOB are expected to read at least 8 chapter books by the end of January/beginning of February. Reading will need to happen independently, mostly at home. OBOB books are available for check-out in our school library and at Eugene Public Library locations, I have a set in our classroom library, and they can be purchased at bookstores or online.

For more information about OBOB, please visit their website. http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/

2019-2020 OBOB Book List (division: 3rd-5th grade)

  1. The Ark Plan by Laura Martin
  2. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  3. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  4. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  5. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  6. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
  7. Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan
  8. Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights by Malala Yousafzai
  9. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  10. Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
  11. Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
  12. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  13. Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  14. Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
  15. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  16. The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

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