Ultimate Book Challenge

UBC: Ultimate Book Challenge 2018-2019

What is it?

UBC (formerly Battle of the Books) 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 10 pre-selected books.  The UBC books are a mixture of current Bluebonnet books and former Bluebonnet books.
Who can compete?
Students in 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade are eligible for the competition. Students must turn in their signed permission forms by the deadline (TBA).
When does it start?
Students will be given an introduction to the competition near the beginning of the school year. Regular UBC practices will be announced in late September, and will begin in October. 
How will teams be formed?
In October, all participants who have read AT LEAST FIVE UBC books will take a quiz over ALL the books.  This is to give them 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 at JES will compete against each other to determine our JES Champion UBC Team.
When is the district championship?
In February, our JES UBC championship team will compete against the other elementary school teams to declare a district winner.
What books are in the battle for the 2018-2019 school year?

Ultimate Book Challenge Books 2018-2019



The Wild Robot

Peter Brown

A Boy Called Bat

Elana K. Arnold 

The Unlucky Lottery Winner of Classroom 13

Honest Lee


Gordon Korman

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 

J.K. Rowling 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Chris Grabenstein

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Jennifer Torres

Amina's Voice 

Hena Khan


Jennifer Li Shotz

Inside Out and Back Again

Thanhha Lai

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Thank you to Beck ES library for the information about UBC.