Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Information
4th & 5th Grade Students
The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a competition for students where the questions are based on books selected by the Georgia Children's Book Award Committee. The competition is similar to a "quiz bowl" where a team of 5 students goes against another team of 5 students to see who can answer the questions first and accurately.
This competition is held annually and begins at the county level in January if enough teams are interested. The next step is the regional bowl in February followed by the state competiton in March.
All interested 4th and 5th grade students can become members of our Reading Bowl Club. However, only up to 10 students can make our SES school competition team. Our reading bowl club prepares for the competitions by discussing the books, preparing questions for practice sessions, practicing with the quiz buzzers along with other related activities. We also have fun activities based on the books.
Note: All books are selected by the Georgia Children's Book Award Committee and will be part of the competitions. It is up to each student and parent to decide if they want to read a nominated book. Please see below for this year's list along with some links to related websites.
A great place to preview book titles is by reading reviews on Amazon.
Reading Bowl Links
This year's nominees are available for check out from the school media center. In addition, many of these books can be requested from the Calhoun Gordon County library if you have a library card. If the books are not available at the local library, then books can be requested from other libraries in the Pines system. Many of the books are also available as ebooks for the Kindle and Nook.
2012-2013 Reading Bowl Nominees for 4th and 5th Grade Teams
Georgia Book Award Nominees (2012-2013)
Books Spanning the Audience Continuum (Gr. 4-8)
Bauer, J. (2009). Close to Famous. New York, NY: Viking.
Greenwald, T. (2011). Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading . New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press.
Landon, K. (2010). The Limit . New York, NY: Aladdin.
Lasky, K. (2010). Ashes . New York, NY: Viking.
Lupica, M. (2010). Hero . New York, NY: Philomel Books.
Rhodes, J.P. (2010). Ninth Ward. New York, NY: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Silberberg, A. (2010). Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze . New York, NY: Aladdin.
Falls, K. (2010). Dark Life . New York, NY: Scholastic Press.
Connor, L. (2010). Crunch . Katherine Tegen Books.
Carmichael, C. (2009). Wild Things . Honesdale, PA: Front Street Press.
Ylvisaker, A. (2011). The Luck of the Buttons . Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Mone, G. (2010). Fish . New York, NY: Scholastic Press.
Books for Younger Audiences (Gr. 4-6)
Shang, W. W. (2011). The Great Wall of Lucy Wu. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Holm, J. (2010). Turtle in Paradise . New York, NY: Random House Children’s Books.
Davis, E. (2009). The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook . New York, NY: Bloomsbury.
Greenwald, L. (2009). My Life in Pink and Green . New York, NY: Amulet Books.