:: News, Notices & What's New ::

News

ABB has hired a new editor. Over the next four years, ABB will be taking a look at its database of questions and will be editing all its questions, writing new questions for its books, and making the questions more difficult for students to identify the author and title. We are doing this to in order to get ready for a national competition.

In our selection of titles, the Spanish/English Book List is designed for local school sites to assist in their English literacy programs. We have had many requests from our members for such a list and we are happy to assist in their educational goals and literacy programs.

ABB has a new link on our website, Resources for Teachers and ABB Members. Please take a look at the link on the Home Page to find resources ‘from teachers to teachers’, educational materials to assist in your literacy programs, educational competition programs for all ages, and so much more.

We have changed our computer program selection of questions so all rounds will have a balance of questions from each book. We decided to make each book equal in the amount of questions that are used in every level of questions/booklists.

Notices

ABB takes the month of July off so our volunteer member staff can take a summer break. You can still reach us through emails or phone calls but please have patience for us to get back to you.

August of each year our new Membership Order Form is posted on the website. ABB does not take orders for next school year’s booklists till the new form is posted. Please wait till this form is posted before placing an order for ‘next school year’ even though our booklists are listed on the website. All next year’s booklists are posted on the website in April of each year in order for schools to begin ordering books and allowing students to begin reading if they so wish.

As of January 1, 2014, we will no longer be reimbursing membership fees for questions/rounds that were ordered incorrectly by our members. Please make sure you are ordering the 'membership(s)' for the booklist(s) and grade level(s) you need. If you have questions or are not sure, as to which membership(s) to order, please contact us first before sending in your membership form with your check.

The Starter Kit (forms, CD & DVD):
There is a packet of forms, judging sheets, letters, and a host of other items you might need to conduct a battle at your school site. These are examples of one school district’s competition and the forms were designed for a district wide competition. Your forms may be different in many respects but these examples will give you a starting point for generating the forms you will be using/needing.

The graphics & logos CD is designed to be read by your computer. All graphics are ready to go to a graphic printer to make banners, poster, t-shirts, letterheads, etc. You can add or take away from the designs and combine the logos with your school colors and symbols.

The DVD will not work in a computer; it is designed to play in a DVD player only. We no longer offer Deluxe Memberships but visuals in the DVD show how battle of the books works in many parts of the country as well as the four styles of competition ABB has developed.

What's New

The 3rd grade booklist now has 13 titles; a new book was added this year upon request of our members.

We now have a Spanish/English booklist. Eight rounds of 20 questions each are in both Spanish and English.

We now have multiple types of membership with a variety of grade combinations, see 'Selection of Titles/Book Lists' to find more details on our Home Page.

All of our questions for our booklists either come in 8, 10, or 12 rounds. No question is repeated in our rounds or levels of questions.

We have changed our computer program so all rounds have a balance of questions from each book. We decided to make each book equal in the amount of questions that are used in every level of competition.

We now have 3-5 grade, Elite 4-6 grade and Elite 6-8 grade booklists for District/County Questions (See 'Selection of Titles/Book Lists').

3rd Grade Membership - includes 8 rounds of questions of 24 questions each for the 13 titles/books list, for use at local site level competitions only. ($45.00)

Spanish/English 11 Book List Membership - includes 8 rounds of questions of 20 questions each for the 10 titles/books list, for use at local school site competitions only. ($45.00)

Short 10 Book List Membership - includes 8 rounds of questions of 24 questions each for the 10 titles/books lists, for use at local school site competitions only. ($45.00)

Medium 20 Book List Membership - includes 10 rounds of questions of 24 questions each for the 20 titles/books lists, for use at local and district/county level competitions. ($45.00)

Standard 30 Book List Membership - includes 12 rounds of questions of 24 questions each for the 30 titles/books lists, for use at local and district/county competitions. ($45.00)

Elite 36 Book List Membership - includes 12 rounds of questions of 24 questions each for the 36 titles/books lists, for use at a local, county, and state level competitions. ($45.00)

High School Book Lists Membership which has six specific reading sets of either 12, 24 or 36 books each, which includes 12 rounds of questions of 24 questions each for each of the titles/books lists, for use at local, county, and state competitions. ($45.00)

Area/State Memberships of 10-12 rounds of questions of 24 questions each from the Elite 36 books lists only. (No questions are repeated.)

We offer a Starter Kit which includes a tutorial DVD on how to conduct a Battle; a CD with a complete set of Logos print-ready for t-shirts, banners, poster, or letterhead; and examples of forms to use in promoting and conducting competitions. (Suggested donation is $30.00 nationally/$50.00 internationally).

Our levels of competitions are: 3rd grade; 3-4, 5-6, & 7-8 grades; 3-5, 4-6, & 6-8 grades; and 9-12 grades. Each level of competition requires a membership. The 3rd grade book list does not change each year. All other grades titles/booklists are on a 4-year rotation cycle. The 9-12 grade book lists may vary in types of book selection and number of titles each year. (See Selection of Titles/Book Lists)