Oregon Battle of the Books

    NOTE: Due to supply chain issues, the title Ten by Shamini Flint has been removed from the 2022/23 OBOB competition 

    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. 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.

    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 2023 Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

    The 2023 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. 

    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. 

    3rd to 5th Grade Division

    • The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows
    • The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
    • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
    • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
    • Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar
    • Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes
    • Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte & Ann Xu
    • Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner
    • Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz
    • Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
    • Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
    • Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
    • Ten by Shamini Flint
    • The Trouble with Weasels by Rob Harrell
    • A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

    SORA audio and e-book OBOB collection link




    Informational Meeting Wednesday October 19, 2023, 6pm, Abernethy 

    Register by NOVEMBER 18th, 2022

    Mock Battle December 7, 2022 5:30 pm, Abernethy Library

    Tournament TBD (Late January-Early Feb)

    Semi-Finals  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. 


    Please make your $25 donation per team at https://www.schoolpay.com/link/Abernethy-OBOB-2022-2023


    Teamfinder Form -If your student is still looking for one or more team mates, fill out this form to share your contact info with other teams or coaches looking for members.

    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

    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