Oregon Battle of the Books


Our mission at Taft Elementary for OBOB 2020-2021 is to focus on reading the books and meeting biweekly with all interested readers and our staff coaches after school on Zoom to discuss the books being read.

We are not focusing on competitions or questions. Due to the fact we are starting mid-year, we are going to enjoy the connections and relationships we create together to these amazing books.

Schedule for the meeting times and link are to come by the end of Jan. Check this website page, facebook, and/or ask your teacher for up to date information.

For now:

1. Fill out the google form that you are interested in joining and can commit to meeting once every two weeks on zoom after school. Google Form Link

2. Check out books through our Library. Details how are just below.

Tiger To Go Library.mp4

How to check out Books at Taft

1. Click Class link

2. Click Library Services

3. Click Destiny

4. Click top right sign in button on Destiny

5. Sign in with Student Google Account

6. Find a book you want and click the hold button on the book.

The OBOB website is a great resource for all things OBOB.

What is OBOB?

Oregon Battle of the Books, OBOB, is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints(Pg 4).

In OBOB for the school year, students commit to reading at least 4 out of the 16 books from the list in their division. Our main focus is to promote reading, create a commitment in readers, and to inspire that reading is fun!

Teams are decided after students are committed and several books are read. Teams can be chosen for them by a coach or the student can form their own team of four, them included.

With their team of 4 members, students will begin the OBOB competition at Taft Elementary, and then depending on how well they do on these competitions, students will progress onward to Regionals and State.

3-5th 2020-2021 Book Slide Show
6-8th 2020-2021 Book Slide Show

3rd-5th Grade Division Books

  • Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle

  • Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

  • Changeling by William Ritter

  • The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell

  • Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

  • The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

  • Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

  • Power Forward by Hena Khan

  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

  • Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

  • A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

6-8th Grade Division Books

  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford

  • If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

  • Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

  • Moving Target by Christina Díaz González

  • New Kid by Jerry Craft

  • The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin

  • No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen

  • Refugee by Alan Gratz

  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

  • Squint by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown

  • Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin

Where can you get the books?

School Library

Our Taft Elementary Library has sets for both divisions for students to check out.

Public Library

The library has a pick up available and ebook option.

Anyone who doesn't have a library card can receive a "closure card" that will allow access to library's ebooks and other resources while we're closed. Kids/their parents can apply online here: http://www.driftwoodlib.org/closure_card.php

Our ebooks and e-audiobooks are available on https://library2go.overdrive.com. Patrons just need to sign in with their library card number and library card password, and choose "Oceanbooks" as their home library.

They have an awesome tutorial to explain.

Bob's Beach Books

Bob's Beach Books knows all about OBOB and the books. You can call or email a book you want to buy.


OBOB for full time in person expectations:

Student Commitment:

  • Commit to reading at least 4 books from the OBOB list for the year

  • Meet with Coach (Will be assigned in beginning of school year by Mrs. LaMarche)

  • Creating level one comprehension questions from each book read

  • Answer questions from books from teammates or coach

  • Be able to work with a team of students

  • Be willing to compete in School Competition in February of school year

Taft El 20/21 OBOB Talk

Video about OBOB

This video walks you through OBOB for the next 20-21 school year on the expectations and where to find books.

OBOB at Taft EL

OBOB Slideshow

A slideshow I created that is tied to the video explaining about OBOB.