Battle of the Books - 3rd Grade

Last Updated: 10/30/2019 7:03 PM

Battle of the Books is a reading competition in which teams of students read books, write questions, and later answer questions about the books they have read. Students should be working on building their reading comprehension as they read. They will later compete as teams, first in their classroom and then among other teams from their grade level, to see who can recall the most about the books they read.


Why do we have Battle of the Books?

  • Promotion of literature and libraries
  • Introduction of new books and genres
  • Competition with focus on academics 
  • Team Building
  • Recognition of importance of reading
  • FUN!


3rd Grade Battle of the Books Titles - 2019-2020



The Notebook of Doom: Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings (DRA 30)

Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters--and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.


Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements (DRA 34)

Jake faces the challenge of cooperating with the school bully on a class project. 


The Stories Julian Tells  by Ann Cameron (DRA 30 )

Julian, that quick fibber and wishful thinker, is great at telling stories. He can make people — especially his younger brother, Huey — believe just about anything. Like the one about the catalog cats that come in the mail. Or the fig leaves that make you grow tall if you eat them off the tree.  But some stories can lead to a heap of trouble, and that's exactly where Julian and Huey end up all too often! Julian loses a tooth, tries to grow taller, makes a new friend, eats too much pudding, and plants a garden. In this beginning chapter book, mischief, magic, and little brothers are all part of growing up. And Julian's warm and loving family provides the perfect place for doing just that!


Amber Brown is Not a Crayon  by Paula Danziger (DRA 30)

Amber Brown and Justin Daniels are best friends. They've known each other for practically forever, sit next to each other in class, help each other with homework, and always stick up for each other. Justin never says things like, "Amber Brown is not a crayon." Amber never says, "Justin Time." They're a great team — until disaster strikes. Justin has to move away, and now the best friends are fighting. Will they be able to work it out before it's too late?


Horrible Harry and the Green Slime  by Suzy Kline (DRA 20)

This hilarious chapter book features Horrible Harry, a naughty student who plays pranks with nearly catastrophic results, but can still end up a good friend.  This book follows the school activities of Harry and Doug as they partipate in a secret mission to celebrate “Charlotte’s Web,” learn how to make green slime, and put on a skit warning about the dangers of smoking. 


Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion by Suzy Kline (DRA 20)

It's a busy time in Room 2B — an ant observation project is beginning, Miss Mackle is teaching square dancing, and class pictures are being taken. Then one of the fish from the 2B fish tank goes belly-up! Is Harry to blame?


Lucy on the Loose by Ilene Cooper (DRA 20)

Bobby is so proud of his puppy Lucy. She's a terrific friend, and a great dog. So when a local store has a pet contest, he happily enters Lucy in it. But it turns out the pet that wins the contest may be featured on TV — with its owner! Bobby is shy. He doesn't like attention. But can he face the spotlight . . . for Lucy?  In this heartwarming story of a boy and beagle's friendship, Ilene Cooper once again charms young readers and dog lovers alike.