Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Battle Of The Books Fosters Reading, Encourages Study

Published April 13, 2004

Our Lady of the Assumption School’s third- and fourth-grade teams won their grade-level competitions in the annual archdiocesan Battle of the Books contest, which was held in April. The Battle of the Books, a book-reading competition for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in Atlanta Catholic schools, was first held in April 2003 with six schools participating. This year 12 schools participated in the contest.

In preparation for the competition, beginning in November, students were given a list of approximately 22 books to read. Teams consisting of three to four students were formed in the classrooms. A preliminary contest was held at each school starting in early April to choose one team from each grade level to represent the school.

During the contest, “Jeopardy-style” questions are asked. Students have 30 seconds to answer the question, and they get a bonus point if they can also supply the author.

OLA’s school librarian, Dianne Miller-Deasy, organized and directed the competition at the local level and accompanied the third- and fourth-grade teams to the archdiocesan competition, which was held at Our Lady of Mercy High School, Fairburn.