4th and 5th Graders at St. John’s have the opportunity each year to participate in a competitive book club affectionately referred to as “BOB.” The Battle of the Books program runs from September to February and this year’s students attempted to read 15 books across the genres for a total of 4,009 pages! During weekly practices BOB readers answer questions that always begin “In which book…” and which they must answer by identifying the correct author and title. Honing their skills as close readers, BOB members learn to pay attention to details other readers often skip over, details found in dedications, prologues, introductions, maps, drawings, photographs, chapter headings, notes from the author, glossaries, etc.—skills that will serve them well throughout the rest of their lives.
This year’s February 23rd tournament was fierce with a two-point difference in scores between the first and second place teams. Congratulations to: Battle Book Queens (1st place), The Bobbers’ Secret (2nd place) and The Book Bombers (3rd place). Our top 14 students will go on to form two new teams which will compete in the Orange County BOB tournament on March 30th. Go Mustangs!
By Mrs. Barber, SJLS Librarian