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Battle of the Books

September 2023

Hello 5th grade parents!

This year, our 5th graders in participating schools will once again have the opportunity to join in the district-wide Battle of the Books program (BOB).

The basics: 

GPS elementary media specialists have chosen ten books (see list below) for students to read; in late November a twenty question quiz will be given to 5th graders; the students with the highest scores will form Parkway’s team and will participate in the district competition in January.

Most of the titles are available through the Greenwich Public Library, including Perrot, Cos Cob and Byram Shubert. They are also available through our school libraries. Want to purchase them? Check in at your local bookstore or Amazon.

What can parents do?  Research shows students who engage in reading books, discussing books, and participating in opportunities to have books read aloud or read-along counteracts any possible summer slide.  Put simply - find time to read. 

I will meet again with each class to share a presentation explaining all the details.

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Attanasio

Battle of the Books presentation


Book List - 2023/24

Odder by Katherine Applegate

You Are Here: Connecting Flights by Ellen Oh

Finally Seen by Kelly Yang

The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling

Greetings From the Witness Protection by Jake Burt

The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Unplugged by Gordon Korman



Because every Parkway student has access to a global library on his/her own device, the role of our library has become even more important, not just a place to house resources, but one in which to create meaning from them. The Learning Commons provides a welcoming common space that encourages exploration, creation, and collaboration between students, teachers, and a broader community. It brings together the best of the physical and digital to create learning hubs. Evolving from a combination library and computer lab into a full-service learning, research and project space, our 21st century Learning Commons will inspire students to construct new knowledge and meaning from the world around them.

Lea Attanasio, Library Media Specialist

Denise Orlando, Media Assistant

Tuan Nguyen, IT Support Technician