Battle of the Books

  • Oregon Battle of the Books Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. The mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students. 

    How it works: A series of 16 books are selected for each division (12 for high school) each year by state tournament organizers. The books are purchased by participating school libraries, usually via grant funds, and made available to students.

    In the fall, students form teams of four (plus an alternate) with parent coaches. Students read the chosen books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents and compete to correctly answer questions about the books in a quiz show-like format.  

    During in-school battles, the individual teams will compete for the opportunity to represent Riverdale at the district tournament in the spring. Students in grades 3-5 compete in one tournament, grades 6-8 in another and our high school students in grades 9-12 compete at another level. 

    Learn more at the Oregon Battle of the Books website

    Riverdale Grade School's program is led by our librarian. Feel free to reach out to her with questions.

    Details about teams forming at Riverdale and practice times will be listed on this page as they become available.

    Interested in forming a Riverdale Team?    

    OBOB requires extensive parental involvement, usually designating a couple of adults to lead the teams, hold team meetings, set up snack schedules and coax the kids to read the books.