Students from 18 Rockwood elementary schools competed, April 8, in the first Rockwood Battle of the Books. The event was sponsored by Rockwood school librarians.
The trivia-style contest paired teams of students against each other to test their knowledge about books designated as Mark Twain nominees. In eight rounds of 10 questions, students came up with answers to questions about the books. The event fosters reading comprehension.
Westridge fourth-grade student Adelyn Lievanos said she had fun at the competition.
"The questions are not easy," she said. "We read 12 books. My favorite was Framed! because it was a mystery."
Fellow Westridge student Dhruv Chakravarthula added, "We had to study a lot and quiz each other on the books."
Rockwood Lead Librarian Margaret Sullivan said Chesterfield Elementary Librarian Steve Brim approached her about the Battle of the Books idea.
"All kids will read if given time and the books that appeal to them," said Sullivan. "I also hope people see how much librarians do to support student success."
Brim said, "I wanted to do something fun for my students. Just like athletics, academics deserves some recognition."
Brim explained why librarians chose the Mark Twain nominees.
"They are really good books for fourth- and fifth-grade students," he said. "This has certainly prompted more interest in the Mark Twain books."
"I like that we're competing against other schools," said Fairway fourth-grade student Kate Lynch. "It took us about a week to read each of the 12 books."
Pond fifth-grade student Andy Cotterell said, "I love the suspense books. We met during recess sometimes, to discuss what we were reading."