Oregon Battle of the Books

    Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a voluntary reading incentive program. At Abernethy, students in grades 3-5 are eligible to participate in teams of 4 or 5 students and at least one parent coach. Teams will meet together to divide work and prepare for school-wide battles, which will take place in January of 2022. Each battle consists of 16 questions all relating to a list of books chosen by the State OBOB committee (see booklist below). One winning team from Abernethy will go on to Regionals and potentially State Finals (2022 Regionals will be virtual and State is TBA for in person).

    If your student is interested in participating, the first steps are to start reading the OBOB book list and start looking for potential teammates. 



    Abernethy’s 2022 Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

    The 2022 OBOB competition is still feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and may be subject to changing health guidelines. Regional competitions are scheduled to be virtual and State is tentitively scheduled to be in person (with the potential to be virtual). OBOB is an optional program. 

    When will it take place? Round one will tenatively be January 28th during the day (it's a grading day for teachers). Semi Finals and Finals will be the following Thursdays after school.

    Do we need to register? Yes. Please have an adult coach (or organizer) register as a team by November 24th. Registration is free this year. Registration will be available on the Abernethy website (see below).

    How is it different from OBOB in other years? Everything is subject to change, so please prepare to be flexible. Battles may take place via virtual meeting. In the event that battles take place virtually, teams will have extra time to provide answers to accommodate the potential challenges associated with using technology. 

    How will it work? Teams will be assigned battle times where they will compete against another team. Each battle will have 16 questions (8 “In Which Book…” questions where students will answer with the title and author of a book on the OBOB list and 8 “Content” questions where students will answer with a detail from the book). Each team will have the “first chance” at 8 of the 16 questions, with potential to “pick up” points should the opposing team answer their question incorrectly. Each team will have an established spokesperson and time to discuss their question before submitting an answer. After all teams battle twice in Round One, teams with the highest point totals will move on to the next round where they will need to win each battle to continue advancing. 


     2022 OBOB 3-5 Division Booklist 

    • Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr
    • The Bookwanderers by Anna James
    • The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
    • Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
    • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
    • Guts by Raina Telgemeier
    • The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
    • I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
    • Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes
    • Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper & Raúl the Third
    • Sarah Journeys West by Nikki Shannon Smith
    • Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
    • Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
    • Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet
    • Stay by Bobbie Pyron
    • The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle



    Register by NOVEMBER 24th

    Round one January 28th (battle times TBD)

    Semi-Finals Thursdays after school in February (details TBA)

    Regionals (Spring TBA)

    State (Spring TBA)



    Each OBOB team is composed of 4-5 members. Four members can participate in any one battle, and there is room for an alternate team member, who may participate in none, some, or all of the battles. The use/role of the alternate is up to each team to decide, within the official OBOB rules. Each team must have at least one student enrolled at Abernethy, although teams may include homeschooled students within the Abernethy boundary. All teammates must be in 3rd thru 5th grade. Teams can be mixed ages, grades, and gender. 

    Teams are assembled independently by students and parent coaches; they are not assigned by anyone. However if you would like help finding a team, we are happy to do that. Often times students will begin talking with peers about who is on who's team. This can get confusing, so it's helpful to organize your team as early as possible! 



    Please ensure your team is fully formed with a designated adult coach before registering. Coaches complete one registration form per team. 

    Register Here



    General Information - qsanford @ pps .net


    Oregon Battle of the Books official website 
    OBOB info posted on the Cedar Mills Community Library website 
    Multnomah County Library OBOB Grades 3-5 book availability

    QUIZLET- an online quiz and study guide generator

    Youtube video on OBOB rules

    Youtube Basic introduction to OBOB

    OBOB Reading Log for 2017-18 (doc) - assign books to team members and track progress
    OBOB Practice Question Templates (pdf)
    FAQ for Parents and Coaches (pdf)
    Example of 'Round Robin' scoring sheet from a previous year of OBOB
    Battle score sheet - official score sheet that coaches use to track points during battles
    Official OBOB Handbook - general info on BOB, including battle rules