South Washington County Schools

District 833 schools participate in Battle of the Books

Several schools in District 833 participated in a heated Battle of the Books competition during the months of February and March, where students were quizzed on several books nominated for Minnesota’s Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award.

On March 3, 160 sixty Valley Crossing Elementary students competed in the school's first-ever Battle of the Books. Students who wanted to participate in the reading competition formed teams in October, and met each month leading up to the battle.

Students, staff and dozens of parents attended the event, where students went head to head, answering questions about the books they had been studying. Teams taking first place in the fourth and fifth grade battle were the Epic Blue Lightning Dragons and sharing first place in the second and third grade battle were The Prankster Gangsters and The Neighborhood B Bookworms.

“All the students involved grew as readers by sharing their ideas and questions about the books with each other, and some great friendships were formed,” said Valley Crossing Media Specialist Sarah Lanners. “The ultimate goal of this event is motivating students to read, which I think we achieved.”

Liberty Ridge Elementary participated in their 12th Annual Battle of the Books on March 2. One hundred thirty students making up 20 teams spent the last four to five months meeting with their teams to prepare for the battle.

After a lively and exciting evening, the winning fourth grade team was The American Ninja Readers and the winning fifth grade team was the Reading Royalty. In addition to their winning teams, Liberty Ridge would also like to give a shout out to the students that read all 24 books during the last two seasons: Nathan Liu, Brayden Carlson, Easton Kleven, Ashlyn Mehus, Callie Cupito and Vivian Meier.

District 833 would also like to thank all of the parents who assisted throughout the process for dedicating their time, encouraging students to read their assigned books and quizzing them in preparation of the battle.

Both parents and students worked extremely hard to read, understand, share, and discuss the books and had fun along the way! Congratulations to all!