Pattonville elementary students take honors in book battle
Pattonville elementary students take honors in book battle
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
More than 70 fourth- and fifth-graders from Pattonville's elementary schools and Remington Traditional School participated in the third annual Elementary Battle of the Books on March 9. Each school sent two teams of six students to compete.

The Awesomesauce Readers team from Drummond Elementary School won first place. Second place went to the Book 'N Bacon team from Drummond. The Roaring Readers team from Remington placed third. Each member of the first-place team won a medal and a book battle "swag bag." They also won the right to display the elementary book battle first place banner in their school library for a year.

Students in Drummond's first-place team were Isaac Blassingame, Derek Devanny, Hannah Fisbeck, Natalee Hunter, Shardae Johnson and Khylee Jones. Students in Drummond's second-place team included Steven Do, Anna Flippin, Reese Jackson, Alexis Morlen, Logan Monroe and Meeka Spainhoward.

Third-place team members from Remington were: Ali Alidani, Bridget Cox, Tristan Jackson, Jayna Podmore and Lauren Whiteford.

The book battle is a trivia-type competition hosted by Pattonville's school library technology specialists. During the event, teams of students compete on their knowledge of a predesignated list of books. For the elementary contest, participating students read from among the 12 books nominated by the Missouri Association of School Librarians for the Mark Twain Reader Award. All fourth- through sixth-grade students in Missouri are encouraged to vote for their favorite books in the Mark Twain Reader program (if they have read at least four of the nominated books). Pattonville has also hosted a middle school Book Battle for 10 years with more than 30 teams competing from across the St. Louis region annually.

This year, the elementary book battle included a visit with a popular children's author via Skype. Students were able to interact with author Holly Schindler, who is known for books such as "The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky" and "Alexander and the Amazing Wide-Awake."

Library technology specialists who organized this year's event were: Nora Bakula from Bridgeway Elementary School; Tammi Buckner from Drummond; Dawn Kasper-Bamberger from Parkwood Elementary School; Allison Stout from Remington; Debbie Bicket from Rose Acres Elementary School; and Jen Bober from Willow Brook Elementary School.