Ultimate Book Challenge


Ultimate Book Challenge 2019-2020

  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • Wedgie and Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • 13 Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
  • Slacker by Gordon Korman
  • City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

What is it?

The Ultimate Book Challenge  (UBC) is a reading competition designed to improve reading and comprehension while also building enthusiasm for reading.  Students will compete individually and in teams to show their knowledge of 8 pre-selected books.  Typically, the books are all current or past Bluebonnet nominees, or books that have received recognition through valued literary sources.


Who can compete?

 Students in 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade are eligible for the competition.


When does it start?

 Students will be given an introduction to the competition during the first week of September.  Practices will begin late October-beginning November.


How will teams be formed?

 In November, all participants who have read AT LEAST THREE UBC books will take a quiz over the ALL the books.  This gives students exposure to the type of questions that they will see in the competition and allow them to make a decision of whether they are committed to continue reading and become a team member.  Students that choose to continue will be placed on a UBC team.  Teams will be made up of 6 students (multi and single grade level teams). 


When is the school-wide battle?

 In December, the student UBC teams will compete against each other to determine the Champion UBC Team. This team will compete at the district level in the District UBC competition.


When is the district competition?

 In early February, the Champion UBC team will compete against the other elementary schools' UBC teams to declare a district winner.

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