Battle of the Books 3rd grade

3rd grade Battle of the Books 2019-2020                     Return to READ page

Start reading now! The SIX books for the competition in 2020 have been selected! The books will be available at school in the Fall, but if you’d like to read this summer you can check at the public library.

(descriptions from Amazon)

Maggie: Alaska’s Last Elephant by Jennifer Keats Curtis

Elephants are social animals. Maggie and Annabelle used to live together at the Alaska Zoo. But after Annabelle died, Maggie was all alone. For years, zookeepers tried to keep her happy (and warm). But ultimately they sent Maggie to live at a sanctuary (PAWS). Now she is happy and at home with her new herd of other elephants. This is a heartwarming story of how zoos ensure the best for the animals in their care even if the best is not at their zoo. Narrative non-fiction

Dr. Snow Has Got to Go by Dan Gutman

Humorous fiction. In this first book in the My Weirder-est School series, Ella Mentry School is having a science fair! Guest scientist Dr. Snow has arrived to help A.J. and his friends conduct their own cool experiments. But what is “the Snowman” really planning? And what does S.T.E.M. even stand for, anyway? Humorous fiction

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine is having not so good of a week. Realistic fiction.

  • On Monday she’s sent to the principal’s office for cutting off Margaret’s hair.
  • Tuesday, Margaret’s mother is mad at her.
  • Wednesday, she’s sent to the principal?again.
  • Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her.
  • Friday starts with yucky eggs and gets worse.
  • And by Saturday, even her mother is mad at her.


Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins

The thing about Hank’s new friend Inkling is, he’s invisible. No, not imaginary. Inkling is an invisible bandapat, a creature native to the Peruvian Woods of Mystery. (Or maybe it is the Ukrainian glaciers. Inkling hardly ever gets his stories straight.) Humorous fiction

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don’t mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship. Realistic fiction

Who Was Jacques Cousteau? by Nico Medina

Jacques Cousteau is the most famous and beloved name in the world of deep-sea exploration. … Cousteau began filming his underwater excursions and offering the world a glimpse below the surface. The documentary television series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau made the man, his work, and his red cap famous throughout the world. Non fiction

How it works:

Students may start reading the books at any time, and team organization begins in December. Teams are made up of 4-6 students who are responsible for becoming expert on the 6 books. In addition to reading and remembering details of the books, the Title and Author must be memorized. Each team will choose a single spokesperson for the competition.

Team practice will begin in January 2020. Third graders who attend a planning meeting in December will decide the participation guidelines.

At practice students will begin reviewing the procedures to follow when competing in Battle of the Books. Rules will be explained and reinforced, and practice questions will be used for mock battles leading up to the in-school competition.

The in-school competition is held in early to mid March. The district-wide competition is in late March or early April.

Time & Location To Be Determined.