New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) recently held its annual Elementary School Battle of Books (BOB) competition at the Northeast New Hanover County Public Library. It was an exciting competition among the 23 elementary schools participating, with the Carolina Beach Elementary School (CBES) team coming in first place. The Carolina Beach team members are Skylar Santucci, Makaila Baker-Gray, Chloe Monk, Alaina Boos, Alexa Crace, Kieran Bradley, Quinn Womble, Jack Hanson, Hunter Houle, and Payton Autry. The team is coached by CBES Librarian Celesta Woodard.
The NHCS Elementary BOB Competition was coordinated by Donna Sloan, Academically/Intellectual Gifted (AIG) Supervisor. “To have around 200 students from 23 elementary schools all in one room demonstrating their passion for reading is an educator’s dream come true. The energy and excitement at the Battle of the Books competition is contagious,” Mrs. Sloan stated.
The top three teams for the NHCS Elementary School BOB competition were:
Carolina Beach Elementary School – 1st Place
Ogden Elementary School – 2nd Place
Parsley Elementary School – 3rd Place
In 2000, the North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) became a sponsor of Battle of the Books, and independent schools became a region for competition. The formation of the Elementary Battle of the Books Committee began in 2010. The purpose of the Elementary BOB program is to encourage reading by all students at the elementary school level. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base.
For information on the Elementary BOB, visit the North Carolina School Library Media Association website at https://www.ncslma.org/ebob. For questions, please contact Donna Sloan, AIG Supervisor, at Donna.Sloan@nhcs.net or 910-254-4333.