Battle of the Books 

Elementary and middle grade students compete in annual reading competition.

May 25, 2009

Elementary and middle grade students from across the city showcased their knowledge and love of books at the annual Elementary Battle of the Books competition last month.


Each participating school brought one to two teams of four to seven students each, grouped by grades 4-6 or grades 7-8. The competition took place at the Chicago Vocational Career Academy, 2100 E. 87th St.


Teams were quizzed on the plots, characters, and settings of  21 books, including one digital book that they had read in preparation throughout the year. The three teams at each grade level with the highest point totals at the end of each round competed in the final competition.


And the winners for grades 4-6 are:

  • First place: Cuffe Math and Science Technology Academy, 8324 S. Racine Ave.
  • Second place: Jackson Language Academy, 1340 W. Harrison St.
  • Third place: Bell Elementary, 3730 N. Oakley Ave.


And the winners for grades 7-8 are:

  • First place: Corkery Elementary, 2510 S. Kildare Ave.
  • Second place: O.A. Thorp Academy, 6024 W. Warwick Ave.
  • Third place: Bell Elementary, 3730 N. Oakley Ave.


The Elementary Battle of the Books program has more than doubled in size from last year, with approximately 1,150 students on 172 teams from more than 100 elementary schools participating in three rounds of competition. More than 300 volunteer coaches and parents also attended.


A highlight of the day was special guest Esme Raji Codell, author of Vive La Paris, a book featured on the grades 4-6 competition list. All students received an event T-shirt (designed by Melissa, a recent Goudy elementary graduate), a competition medal, breakfast and lunch, and gift books. Winning teams also received certificates and trophies.


The Elementary Battle of the Books is funded through donations. This year’s donors included American Girl Place, Scholastic, Random House, Dean’s Foods, Dominick’s, Preferred Meal Systems, and Eli’s Cheesecake.


Learn more about Mayor Daley’s Book Club.


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