The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension 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.


OBOB’s 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. Learn more at the OBOB website.


OBOB is a great opportunity for 3-5 graders to participate in some friendly competition and to have fun reading. Students can create a team and read the 16 OBOB books assigned for this year and then in February the battles begin!


OBOB individual and team permission forms will be available in the library. Both forms are due back to the library by Friday, December 7th. An OBOB timeline is listed below as well as a link to the official OBOB website. We will be looking for volunteers to help out with battles starting in February.


For more information or to help volunteer. Contact Meredith Gilchrist.


Timeline for Oregon Battle of the Books


Ask friends to join a team. Find a coach. Divide book list. Turn in permission forms and team contract.


Read books carefully, have fun, and meet with your team.


Battles begin. Winner goes on to Regionals.


Regional Tournament


State Tournament

The books for the 2018-2019 Tournament are:

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • George by Alex Gino
  • Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine
  • The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton
  • Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
  • Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Ugly by Robert Hoge
  • Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Wish by Barbara O’Connor