Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)
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. The 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.
OBOB AT HORIZON
Every year, librarians throughout the state of Oregon choose 16 titles for grades 3-5, 6-8 & 7-12. Horizon teachers pre-read all titles and sometimes substitute in other books if they feel they are more appropriate for our students.
Since 2009, students in grades 4 & 5 at Horizon have participated in OBOB and 3rd grade was added in 2014. Students form teams of 4-5 and as a team read all 16 titles. In early February, Horizon hosts school level battles and in this book tournament teams are awarded points for correctly answering questions about each book. In 2015, over 500 elementary schools around the state participated in OBOB and our Horizon all-star regional's team consisted of one third grader, three fourth graders and one fifth grader.