Book Clubs (Pri & Int)

Battle of the Books registration v2
book list

We offer two different book clubs at Bradford.  The first is a parent led book club called Jr. Great Books (for Grades K-3). It is offered at the South Campus during the lunch/recess hour, approximately every 4 weeks during the school year.  Jr. Great Books is a national program with an established series of books that the children read stories from.  Parents are needed to lead small class groups for this program.

At the North Campus, we are offering the Battle of the Books (BOB) program this year.  The kids get a list of books to choose from and then compete on teams to test their knowledge of the books in the Spring.  Additional details of the program, along with this year’s book list, can be found listed below.

If you are interested, please contact the Committee Chairs listed under Your PTA.

Welcome Battle of the Books Families!!

We are so excited to kick off the 2019-20 school year. Please be sure you have registered on the PTA website or sent in your registration form and $10 check prior to attending the meeting.


Our biggest goal over the next few months is to encourage your kids to read as much as they can!  Use the book list to read as many books as possible to become a stronger reader AND develop stronger reading skills.

Battles will test the kids skills in remembering information from the books and tying it to the book’s author and title.  We will use fun games in our meetings (and you can at home?) to help build the kid’s skills at memorizing a book’s author and title as it relates to key characters, plot and information from each book.

We would like each child to set a goal of how many books they would like to read from our list of 30 pre set books.  We ask for a minimum of 7. If a child has already read a book from the list, we ask that they NOT include it in their goals.  One of the objectives is to read new books. Having already read a book from the list will help their team in the final battle, but we encourage the children to read books they haven’t read yet.



We will have a list of the books with plot summaries, if you’re interested. If you child is having trouble selecting their next book, take a look at these summaries to see what might be interesting to them. If you can quiz your children by matching up the Title and Author, they will be better prepared. Even if they don’t read that particular book, they may be able to help a teammate with the Title/Author combo and earn more points for their team.

Mrs. O’Leary has set up a kiosk at the front of the library with easy access to the books on the list. Please continue to encourage your kids to keep reading. They need to have read at least 7 from the list in order to participate in the final battle in May. We’ve attached a short “memory jogger” sheet that the kids can use to help them remember the books they’ve read. Just a few notes about the details from the book can really help them remember the information for the battle.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

: Traditional/Standard 30 Book List 3-5 Grades 2019-20 ::
Atwater, Richard
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Babbitt, Natalie
Tuck Everlasting
Birney, Betty G.
Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs
Byars, Betsy
Wanted. . . Mud Blossom
Cleary, Beverly
Ralph S. Mouse
Cooney, Barbara
Miss Rumphius
Coville, Bruce
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Creech, Sharon
Ruby Holler
Curtis, Paul
Bud, Not Buddy
Gannett, Ruth Stiles
My Father’s Dragon
Gutman, Dan
The Million Dollar Shot
Hannigan, Katherine
Ida B…and Her Plans to Maximize Fun…
Hobbs, Will
Kehret, Peg
Earthquake Terror
Levine, Ellen
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the…
Lin, Grace
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Look, Lenore
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other
Lord, Cynthia
A Handful of Stars
MacLachlan, Patricia
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Rappaport, Doreen
Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller
Robinson, Barbara
The Best School Year Ever
Rodda, Emily
Rowan of Rin
Rosenstock, Barb
Camping Trip That Changed America
Ruckman, Ivy
Night of the Twisters
Selznick, Brian
Invention of Hugo Cabret
Speare, Elizabeth S.
The Sign of the Beaver
White, E.B.
Charlotte’s Web
Wilder, Laura Ingalls
Little House in the Big Woods
Wiles, Deborah
Each Little Bird that Sings
Williams, Margery
The Velveteen Rabbit

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