Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Battle of the Books

Did you know I have two little bookworms? Every night, they pick out a book, crawl into their beds and do some reading.

And lately, A.R has been bringing two books to his bed. Sometimes, I'd catch him reading till midnight.

"Why are you up so late?"

My son said he had a list of books to read since he joined the Battle of the Books. I told him I never heard of it, and he further explained that it's a wonderful program between public libraries and schools in the region of Durham to encourage reading for all students.

Little did he know that the Battle of the Books is also a competition held every year throughout the Durham region. And that he actually joined the school team! For the past month, A.R and five other members of the team would practice answering questions about the books they've read. No small detail overlooked.

On the very first day of competition, A.R was very nervous. I told him not to worry and that he'll do fine. And sure enough, they came home first in the Junior Semi-Final, and the following week, first in the Junior Final.

A.R's school was off to the Junior Regional Championships!

Last Thursday, Mr. O took my son to the competition. There were six school teams; and said the competition was intense. As a spectator, my husband couldn't handle the pressure. However, he was so impressed with all of the kids. Certainly, it was a battle of wits. A.R's school missed two questions during the Regular Battle but was perfect in the Lightning round. They finished fourth this year, and we're so proud of them!

After the match, my son announced he'll be back for the Battle of the Books 2012.

What a bookworm!


  1. Wow! Congratulations! Having children who love to read with all the distracting options they have now-a-days is impressive.

  2. Impressive... It is an interesting programme to cultivate the habit of reading in kids... Too bad though the system here is not doing much help...

    Congratulation to A.R... :)

  3. Congrats to A.R, Melanie. Your son will never regret being a book reader. :)

    Please congratulate my fellow bookworm for a job well done. Who knows next year, they will be the champ in the Battle of the Books.

  4. Good job to AR !
    You must be proud of your son !

    Competition or no competition, reading is always a good habit to inculcate

  5. I love it! I wish they were doing something like that here. They actually might be, I need to look into it. I let my kids stay up late and read, it's the one thing I let their lights stay on for.

  6. Thank you for your kind comments! I will visit you all soon! :)