UBC: Ultimate Book Challenge 2020-2021

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?
In February, 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 2020-2021 school year?

Ultimate Book Challenge Books 2020-2021



New Kid

Jerry Craft

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School

Julie Falatko

The Strangers 

Margaret Peterson Haddix

From an Idea to Disney

Lowey Bundy Sichol 

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Stuart Gibbs

A Wolf Called Wander 

Roseanne Parry

The One and Only Bob

Katherine Applegate


Bobbie Pyron