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 April of 2021. 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 (Regionals and State canceled in 2021).

    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 2021 Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

    Like nearly everything else this year, OBOB will be a little different. Regional and State competitions have been canceled this year, but that does give us the opportunity to be more flexible. In an effort to make the program accessible regardless of remote location, there will be two parts: the OBOB Certification Program and the OBOB Battles. OBOB is an optional program and students may choose to participate in either or both parts. 

    OBOB Certification Program

    Who is eligible? Individual students enrolled at Abernethy Elementary in grades 2 thru 5.* 

    When will it take place? Students have from mid January until March 28th (end of Spring Break) to participate. 

    Do we need to register? No. Taking a certification quiz enters students into the program. 

    How is it different from OBOB in other years? This program will only be for the 2020/2021 school year. This is also an individual program rather than a team program. 

    How will it work? After reading titles from the OBOB book list, students will have the opportunity to take a quiz on details from the book to prove they have read that book. Quizzes will be available through Seesaw Library classes and will begin by asking for the name of a supervising adult (who will verify the student has read the book and will not have access to the book while taking the quiz). If a student gets 6 or more (out of 10) questions correct (60% or better) it will count as being read (retakes at the supervising adult’s discretion). Access to quizzes will end March 28th. Following March 28th, certificates reflecting the student’s number of books read will be mailed home along with a small incentive for each book. Incentives will be small, mail friendly items (bookmarks, stickers, etc) and students will receive up to 16 items depending on how many books they have read (3 complete quizzes = 3 incentives). 

    *2nd graders may read any book from the 2021 OBOB book list, but El Deafo, Before They Were Authors, and Power Forward are likely the most 2nd grade friendly. Books and quizzes may be read out loud, but students must select the correct quiz answers on their own. 

    OBOB Battles

    Who is eligible? Teams of 1-2 OR 3-4 (5th alternate teammate allowed). Each team must have at least one student enrolled at Abernethy, although teams may include students within an Abernethy student’s “bubble” or “pod.” All teammates must be in 3rd thru 5th grade

    When will it take place? Likely April, after school hours on weekdays.

    Do we need to register? Yes. Please have an adult coach (or organizer) register as a team by January 31st. We realize it may be hard to register for something with flexible details, however, we need to know how many teams to accommodate while exploring options for making battles happen. Fortunately, registration is free this year. Registration will be available on the Abernethy website.

    How is it different from OBOB in other years? First, everything is subject to change. April is many health guidelines away, so please prepare to be flexible. Battles may take place via virtual meeting. There will also be two divisions this year (teams of 1-2 and teams of 3-4 optional 5th). Hopefully this change will allow students to participate from within any “pod” or “bubble” already established without further exposure. Teams will have extra time to provide answers to accommodate potential challenges associated with using technology. 

    How will it work? This will be as similar to traditional battles as we can manage. 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. We will have two Abernethy champion teams this year (one 1-2 person team and one 3-4(opt. 5th) team).  


     2021 OBOB 3-5 Division Booklist 

    • Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle
    • Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
    • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
    • Changeling by William Ritter
    • The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
    • El Deafo by Cece Bell
    • Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
    • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
    • The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
    • Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
    • Power Forward by Hena Khan
    • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
    • Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
    • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
    • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
    • A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry






    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.

    Members can be any student at Abernethy Elementary in 3rd, 4th, or 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 - abernethyBOBinfo @ gmail.com


    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

    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