National Library Week is drawing to a close for this year, but there’s still so much to celebrate. Tonight, more than 300 teams of fifth graders compete in Battle of the Books at Merriweather Post Pavilion (rain or shine)!
These are the titles that students have read and become experts about:
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
The Last Last-Day-Of-Summer by Lamar Giles
The Science of Breakable Things by Tai Keller
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Simon B. Rhymin’ by Dwayne Reed
Science Comics, Wild Weather: Storms, Meteorology, and Climate by M. K. Reed
Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith
A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
Stargazing by Jen Wang
Battle of the Books is an energetic competition between fifth graders who form teams and then “battle” to win through quizzes based on 12 books. They must know the books, inside and out. Last year, I served as a Battle of the Books judge, and I was overwhelmed by the energy! The kids’ enthusiasm for this event can’t be overstated, and it’s something special to witness. This year, a record number of teams registered, and I know it’s going to be another amazing event.
I am lucky enough to have a mother who passed on her love of reading to me and my sister. The library was a sacred place for me when I was growing up. I would often borrow 10 or more books at a time. Fast forward to today: if you walk into my house right now, you’ll find stacks of books in almost every room. Planting the seeds early in my life led to lifelong curiosity and a thirst for learning. For me, reading is an exploration and an adventure I go on almost every single day. It’s an honor for me to serve on the Friends Board. Join me and support Battle of the Books by becoming a Friend of the Library. You’ll be making a difference that lasts a lifetime.Wendy Slaughter, Friends & Foundation of HCLS Board Member
If you’d like to join the Friends and support the Library, you can give a donation right now and receive a beautiful basket of flowers as a thank you. Friends supports Battle of the Books by purchasing sets of books for all teams.