Battle of the Books – Illustrator Challenge
I am trying something new for Battle of the Books (BoB) this year. In the past, I have selected novels around the reading level of my participating students, 5-8th-graders.
This year has a twist! It is all about art!
Round 1 features picture books that were written for an older audience. Students will form self-selected teams as in the past, create their team names, and face other teams head-to-head to win the championship and earn some prizes like homework passes for their hard work outside of the curriculum.
This year, the battle will focus heavily on each book’s illustrations, illustrators, artistic techniques, and styles. As in the past, students will answer by writing down the name of the book being referred to in the question on whiteboards and showing their answers simultaneously within the time limit.
In other years, each round discussed increasingly more complex questions revolving around the book’s setting, theme, plot, characters, etc… This year, each round will introduce new books.
Here are the selected books for Round 1 of our 2024 Battle of the Books:
|Voices in the Park
|The Other Side
|Four Pictures by Emily Carr
|Crazy Horse’s Vision
|The Middle Passage
|Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
|Pink and Say
|Bad Day at Riverbend
|The Wretched Stone
|Black and White
|Do Not Open this Book!
|Ivan the Terrier
|Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book
|The Day the Stones Walked
|The Paper Dragon
|As Good as Anybody
|Home of the Brave
|The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
|Let It Shine
|Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
|Where the Forest Meets the Sea
|What Do Wheels Do All Day?
|Love as Strong as Ginger
|The Wreck of the Zephyr
|The Legend of the Cape May Diamond
|Across the Alley
|Skyscraper: From the Ground Up
|Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
|If You Want to See a Caribou
|There’s Nothing to Do on Mars
|Seven Blind Mice
|Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
|Babar’s Museum of Art
|de Brunhoff, Laurent