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Battle of the Books

Oregon Battle of the Books



The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a voluntary statewide program for reading motivation and comprehension sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. The goals are to encourage reading for enjoyment, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote cooperative learning.



3rd-5th Grade          6th-8th Grade


Some author names can be difficult to pronounce. Use the following website to help you with a few names from this years battle book list.




Several authors from this years book list have websites that you might find fun to explore!



 Sharon Creech


Roald Dahl 





Barbara O'Connor




Eva Ibbotson




 Jacqueline Davies


Rick Riordan

Maryrose Wood




Laura Amy Schlitz 




Rita Williams-Garcia




Sharon M. Draper



Dan Gutman


Emily Rodda


Laura Resau



Tom Angleberger


Jennifer L. Holm


Jaqueline Jules








The original idea for Battle of the Books came from a radio program sponsored by the Chicago Public Library in the early 1940’s. Prior to 2006, several schools in Oregon had their own Battle of the Books competitions.

In 2006, Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) President Allen Kopf formed a committee to submit a LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant proposal for a statewide Oregon Battle of the Books program. The OASL Committee managed five successful years with over 410 schools participating in local, regional, and state competitions.


Oregon Battle of the Books is organized locally by the participating schools, regionally and statewide by the OASL Executive Oregon                       Battle of the Books Committee.  The OBOB Executive Committee oversees the collection and distribution of information,                                 questions, book lists, and conducts the state competitions.


Player and Team Guidelines

  •  All students participating must be in grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12 for the current school year.
  •  Each team must have a sponsor from its school who is a Library Media Specialist, library paraprofessional, or other school staff member.
  • The composition of the team members may not change once the regional battles have started
  • The regional competitions do not require participation in a district/county/ESD competition. The state battles require participation in the regional competitions.
  • Each school may send only one team to the regional competition. Each region may send a determined amount of teams to the state competition depending on how many teams participate. Grant recipients must attend the regional competitions.
  • Teams consist of four members with one optional alternate, for a total of up to five members.
  • There may be only one alternate. This alternate may take the place of a player for a battle. When the alternate is used, the alternate must remain in competition for the entire battle. No other substitutions may be made.
  • No other person may assist in answering any question directed to a team, including the team’s coach. The judge will disqualify a team determined to be receiving outside help.
  • The OBOB Committee may refuse to allow a team to participate in the event of unsportsmanlike behavior or other extenuating circumstances.
  • In the event of a situation that is not specifically addressed in the OBOB rules, the decision of the judges is final.


For specific information on rules and competition procedures, please refer to the OBOB web site: http://oboblsta.pbworks.com