Battle of the Books Returns!

Lower School boys take part in a competitive celebration of reading.
This week, Battle of the Books returned. The longstanding, yearly Lower School competition fosters a love of reading and gives students an opportunity to talk about books. 

Lower School Reading Specialist Laura Ambrogi believes the event is a great way to expose students to new ideas that will expand their horizons.“What’s really beautiful about it is that we spend a lot of time making sure that we’ve selected some really boy-friendly books and that we’re getting books in their hands that they might not ordinarily read,” said Ambrogi. 

This year, some boys read Thanhha Lai’s “Inside Out & Back Again,” which details her childhood experiences as a refugee fleeing Vietnam after the fall of Saigon. “It’s a beautiful book, but it’s not something that the boys would necessarily gravitate toward on their own. But once we got it in their hands for this competition, they devoured it.”

Starting Monday, 12 student teams met with parent volunteers who asked questions and kept score. By Wednesday afternoon, only four teams were left, each vying for the top spot. 

In the end, the Rocky Readers took home first place! Great job, everyone!
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