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Best Books

ESD Battle of the Best Books TrophyEdmonds School District Battle Champions from Sherwood:
2007, 2009, 2011, 2012

Best Books are available in the library. The online quiz is active.  Complete 2 book quizzes to have a mini-poster of your best book accomplishments hanging in the library!


BEST BOOK QUIZZES (book specific) <see book titles below>


What is best books?

Best Books is a program developed each year by the Librarians throughout the Edmonds School District.  The list of books is a combination of the Pacific Northwest Young Reader's Choice, Junior Division (YRC) list and the WLA Sasquatch Award list.  It contains about 20 books, of varied genre, for students in grades 4-6. The librarians develop activities, and produce a district-wide "Battle of the Best Books"  competition.  Students are challenged to read as many of the best books as possible during the year.  The program ends in early June.  A list of the current best books is listed below.

What happens when a student completes a book?

Students can take an online quiz (links above) or they can come to the library, before school / during recess, for a short 3-4 question discussion/quiz (I'm just checking to see if they read the book). If a book is read in class, teachers may give their class a quiz. Students who read 15 or more books are invited to a celebration in June!

Is there a class competition?

Yes, all the books read by a class are added together. Standings are posted in the library and below on this page.  The class with the most books read earns an extra recess time in late June.

What is the Battle of the Best Books?

The battle is a yearly, district-wide competition.  Each participating school sends two - 4 member teams to compete.  Teams are given several rounds of questions about the Best Books. The team with the most points at the end of the competition wins!

This year's district battle will be at Mountlake Terrace Elementary on Friday, May 31, 2019.

How are teams formed?

Teams consist of up to 4 students.  They can be in grades 4-5-6 and from any classroom. Students have mentioned that the better teams include a diverse membership. All of the past Sherwood teams have included boys and girls. Students develop teams on their own.  They are also responsible for organizing their team and preparing for the competition.

How are Sherwood teams selected to compete at the district level?

There is a school competition held a few weeks prior to the district event.  This occurs during the lunch hour in the library.  The top two teams advance to the Edmonds School District competition.

Sherwood Competition: Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 12:15pm.

2019 Best Book Class Challenge Leader Board
updated 12/20/2018, 2pm

Wildenhaus 86
Alderson 82
Mindt 74
Christensen 65
Gibson 52
Chase 48
Hopper 28
Hanson 15

Past Class Challenge Winners

2018: Mindt (85 books) / School Total: 363 books
2017: Gibson (137 books) / School Total: 509 books
2016: Mindt (153 books) / School Total: 448 books
2015: Alderson (132 books) / School Total: 533 books
2014: Morgan (257 books) / School Total: 1079 books
2013: Mindt (256 books) / School Total: 910 books
2012: Bogert (92 books) / School Total: 299 books
2011: Alderson (257 books) / School Total: 880 books

2018 Best Book bookmark Link (3 per page, print at home, cut in thirds, share with friends! )

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Book Trailer   QUIZ

Evil Wizard Smallbone by Dilia Sherman

Book Trailer   QUIZ

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger
Book Trailer   QUIZ

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Book Trailer   QUIZ

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Book Trailer   QUIZ

The Inn Between by Marina Cohen
Book Trailer  ARTICLE  QUIZ

It Ain't So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Book Talk   QUIZ

The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
Book Trailer   QUIZ

The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi
Book Trailer   QUIZ

Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
Book Trailer   QUIZ

A Night Divided by Jennifer Neilsen
Book Trailer   QUIZ

Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Book Trailer   QUIZ

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
Book Trailer   QUIZ

Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
Book Trailer   QUIZ

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Audio Review   QUIZ

The Tapper Twins Go To War by Geoff Rodkey
Book Trailer   QUIZ

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Book Trailer   QUIZ

Wish by Barbara O'Connor
Book Trailer   QUIZ

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Book Trailer   QUIZ

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