St. Michael’s participates in the Battle of the Books, a game based on reading. The original Battle of the Books began in Chicago in the early 1940’s. A radio show sponsored by the Chicago Public Library, the Battle of the Books promoted reading for children.
St. Michael’s version of the Battle of the Books has been ongoing for over 20 years. In conjunction with fourth-grade students from Lincoln School, the Hamilton/Wheeler School, and Gordon School, St. Michael’s fourth graders read books from a list of 30 books. Then, in April, they travel to Providence where they’re divided into teams with students from the other participating schools. An exciting hour-and-a-half game follows that includes answering questions about the books that they’ve read, singing cheers that they’ve written, and visiting with other fourth graders.
The Battle of the Books is a capstone event that celebrates a year of reading for the fourth grade.