Book Wars Bracket: Week 4

The final round of the Book Wars Bracket is here!  Tomorrow we will be voting on just one set, The Tiger Rising vs. Because of Winn-Dixie.  This is going to be a difficult choice, particularly because these two books are written by the same award-winning author!

It’s been fun to see students get excited about these books, whether they make it to the next round or not.  This month there has been a lot of discussion, in and out of the classroom, about our sixteen books, and isn’t that what this competition was really all about?  First and foremost, we wanted to get the students Sylvester excited about reading!  Our selection of sixteen books represents the kind of books that our kids love to read most.  No matter how far your book made it in the bracket, I hope you at least found out about one new book to read!

Book Wars Bracket: Week 3

Things are getting tense as we narrow down our choices for the winning book.  Here are our last two matches before the big showdown…

Because of Winn-Dixie vs. Hatchet

The Tiger Rising v. Divergent

I’ve been asked a lot today about which books I want to win, and I have to say I’m rooting for both Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo.  Why?  First, she’s an amazing author, which is not just my opinion but something that is backed up by the fact that almost every novel she has written has won an award.  Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie, and Flora and Ulysses are Newberry Awards, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a Boston Globe Horn Book Award, and The Tiger Rising is a National Book Award Finalist.  And to top it all off, Kate DiCamillo is this year’s National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature!

What book do you think  should win, and why?  Be sure to back up your choice with a good reason!

Book Wars Bracket: Week 2

The results are in!  The Reading Committee is very excited to move forward with our “matches.”  More exciting, however, is what happens before the voting.  Last week I heard a lot of talk at lunch about who was going to vote for what book, especially by 4th graders.  One student even gave me a little speech about why I should vote for his class book.  I hope the enthusiasm maintains as we head to our final rounds!

This week’s matches are…

The Last Thirteen vs. Because of Winn-Dixie

Hatchet vs. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The BFG vs. The Tiger Rising

Clementine vs. Divergent

Book Wars Bracket: Week 1

For reading month, the Reading Committee is organizing a reading bracket–this is very similar to March Madness for football, but with books instead of teams.  I am not not any kind of football fan.  All I can tell you about football is that MSU is the best because we are a family of Spartans.  I know the Spartan fight song by heart, but beyond that I am lost.  For this reason, another Reading Committee member had to explain March Madness to be at least three times before I even started to understand.  I am sure not one else is as behind the ball (pun intended) as I am, but for the sake of those who are, here’s how March Madness works.

We start off with sixteen teams, and pair them off in groups of two.  Each team will play another team, and whoever wins that game gets to go on to the next level.  This process is repeated until we are down to our winner.  The class that wins will get to choose one book each from the Book Fair that is $10 or less.

In the place of football teams, the Reading Committee had each classroom teacher choose a book to represent their class.  On Tuesday, we held a pump-up assembly where we had a student from each class read a summary for their class book.  We then chose the books that would “play” each other and tape them up on the wall in the gym for everyone to see.  On Friday, the school will get to vote on each match to decide which books move on to the next level.

Each link will bring you to the book’s Goodreads page.  The books facing off are…

The Last 13 vs. The Series of Unfortunate Events

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane v. Because of Winn-Dixie

The Chocolate Touch vs. Hatchet

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe vs. Skippyjon Jones

The City of Ember vs. The BFG

Tiger Rising vs. Wonder

The Legend of Sleeping Bear vs. Clementine

Divergent vs. Sign of the Beaver

What a great list!  These are some really touch matches.  How do you choose between the City of Ember and The BFG, or Tiger Rising and Wonder?  I even see some of my favorites on this list: The Legend of Sleeping Bear and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  I’m VERY excited about the Series of Unfortunate Events!  Who will you vote for?