Battle of the Books 2018-2019



Norman Rockwell Elementary 2018-2019 Battle of the books winning team:
Book Queens

Battle of the books winners


  Ban This Book
- Alan Gratz
  Beyond the Bright Sea- Lauren Wolk
  Crossover- Kwame Alexander
  The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart- Stephanie Burgis
  The Evil Wizard Smallbone- Delia Sherman
  Evolution of Calpurnia Tate- Jacqueline Kelly
  The First Rules of Punk- Celia Perez
  Fuzzy Mud- Louis Sachar
  Hello, Universe- Erin Kelly
  Rain, Reign- Ann Martin
  Wild Robot- Peter Brown
  Wish Tree- Katherine Applegate  

                                     Congratulations to the Battle of the Books 1st Round classroom winning teams

                                                                The Midnight Readers from Ms. Long's class
                                                                The Flying Burritos from  Mrs. Hein's class
                                                                Book Queens from Mr. Corey's class
                                                                The Shooting Stars from Ms. Ianni's class
                                                                The Super Readers from Mrs. Conklin's class
                                                                5 girls-12 books from Mr. Cortes's class
                                                                The Book Wizards from Mrs. Weinmeister's class
                                                                The Speedy Readers from Mrs. Honkawa's class

These teams will compete against the other winning classroom teams in their grade level on February 4th.
Congrats winning teams and good luck in Round 2.



Norman Rockwell Elementary School Battle of the Books Reading incentive Program 

Hello Rockwell Families!
We will be starting a new reading incentive program here in the library. Battle of the Books has been around for many years and some of you may be familiar with it from other schools.  This will be our pilot year here at Rockwell and we are so excited to support this amazing program for our students. This program is voluntary and based on interest.

Here is how the program will work:

  • Students in 4th and 5th grade can participate
  • Students will read books from a district provided list (12 titles) starting in the fall
  • 3 copies of each title will be available to check out from the library. Battle of the Books titles can be renewed once for a total of two weeks. This is to allow all students that are interested in participating a chance to read the books. King County Library is also a good resource for checking out the books. They have books in several other formats like eBooks and audiobooks.
  • Families can feel free to purchase these books for their children to read as well.
  • Students will form teams of 4 students (in the same classroom), with the option to have a 5th team member as an alternate.

After Winter break (January), we will start the competition rounds. There will be 4 rounds.

  • Round 1- student teams will compete against other teams in their own classroom
  • Round 2- student teams will compete against other teams winning classroom teams in their grade
  • Round 3- student teams will compete against the winning team from the other grade (4th vs. 5th)
  • Round 4- District Final competitions will take place in March.

What do the competitions look like?

Teams will read the books and take notes/study as a team. This is the student’s responsibility to schedule and arrange with their team. Students can read all the books themselves or split the books up among their teammates-that is their choice. Rounds 1-3 will be 20 minutes long and take place during the student’s lunch recess time. Questions will be factual and taken from the text of each book. All questions will start with: “In Which Book…?” Student teams will work together to come up with an answer to the question by naming the book that the question pertains to. Each team will get one point for each correct answer. The team with the most points at the end of the 20 minutes will move on to the next round. For Round 4, the winning team for Rockwell will compete, via Skype, with other winning elementary school teams from around the district.
We look forward to watching our Beagles participate in this great program!
Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Shelly Gordon- Rockwell Library Media Specialist