UBC: Ultimate Book Challenge 2019-2020

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 8 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. Most regular practices will be held at Beck on Wednesday mornings, from 7:20 a.m. to 7:40 a.m.
How will teams be formed?
In November, all participants who have read AT LEAST FOUR UBC books will take a quiz over the 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 who 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 January, the student UBC teams at Beck will compete against each other to determine our Beck Champion UBC Team.
When is the district championship?
On Tuesday, February 11th, our Beck UBC championship team will compete against the other elementary school teams to declare a district winner.
What books are in the battle for the 2019-2020 school year?

Ultimate Book Challenge Books 2019-2020




Katherine Applegate

Wedgie and Gizmo

Suzanne Selfors

Out of My Mind

Sharon Draper

Love that Dog

Sharon Creech

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Kate DiCamillo

13 Story Treehouse

Andy Griffiths


Gordon Korman

City of Ember 

Jeanne DuPrau

TeachingBooks UBC Resource List 

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