Battle brings out the bookworms

Battle of the Books’ winning team, Speedy Bookworm, poses. Shown are Evan Balk, Gavin Broihier, Molly Seybert, Anna Golderman and Madeline Fer. The school thanks Angie Balk and her crew of parent volunteers for coordinating the program.

Battle of the Books has been a year-long project involving 40 fourth- and fifth-grade volunteers.  The students formed eight teams in October, and each team divided a list of 30 titles to read among themselves. Team meetings and book discussions were held during many lunch hours to give them a chance to encourage and share with each other.

In the reading competition in April, teams faced each other to answer trivia questions about the books and authors and determine a champion. Not only was the event a great afternoon, but it is why, when totaled, the kids read more than 40,000 pages on their own!

“I learned you can’t judge a book by its cover because some books turned out to be really good,” said student Anna Goldermann.

Other students shared their favorite parts about Battle of the Books:


“The competition.”  — Nico Cheiffo

“The pressure of the crowd!” — Kevin Kurth

“You get to read a bunch of new books.” — Molly Seybert

“Fun meetings and our mascot, Speedy.” — Madeline Fer

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