Welcome to the Official Oregon Battle of the Books Website!
The Oregon Battle of the Books (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.
OBOB’s 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 is run primarily by volunteers through the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) and funded partially through the Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA. OASL, and OBOB operating under its umbrella, are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression in our organization, policies, and practices.
OBOB Program Modifications for 2020-21
The Oregon Battle of the Book’s 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 considers the health and safety of our students, volunteers, educators, communities, and families to be a top priority. Due to COVID-19 and to comply with the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education, the OBOB Executive Board is providing the following services:
- The 2020-21 Title Lists for Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels.
- OBOB e-book and audio book titles for Overdrive for expanded access to these titles through public libraries.
- Registration for schools and public libraries opens on September 1, 2020 with a reduced registration fee.
- Registration will give access to local/school-level competition Practice questions are not provided by OBOB.
- Registered schools and public libraries may apply for Book Grants on September 1, 2020.
Unfortunately, OBOB is not able to host State and Regional competitions for 2020-21. The Executive Board is meeting again in July to help clarify any questions or concerns about these modifications.
Updates will be provided through the OBOB website (www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org), the OBOB Newsletter (https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/subscribe-to-our-newsletter/), and the OBOB Facebook Group.