For third- through fifth-graders, selections included “Same Sun Here” by Silas House and Neela Vaswani and “Chasing Vermeer” by Blue Balliett, she said.
Coleen Lewis, principal at Schenevus Central School, said she has been coaching an elementary team called Endless Readers. To participate, students have to demonstrate commitment to read and to meet once a week, she said, and they learn about competitions and how to answer questions.
Cody said some anecdotal benefits of Battle of the Books have included parent comments that children are more interested in reading and families spend more time together reading.
Kieran Jennings, 12, a sixth-grader, said likes the program because he enjoys reading and was looking for a challenge. Books present a range of experiences and information, he said, and another benefit is that his reading has improved.
Jennings said he looks forward to the competition with his team, which is called the Library Rats.
“It’s actually going to be fun,” he said.