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Battle of the Books

June 2024

Hello Incoming 5th Grade Parents!

Next year, our 5th graders will once again have the opportunity to participate in the district-wide Battle of the Books program (BoB)! 

The Basics: 

GPS elementary Library Media Specialists have chosen ten books (see list below) for students to read; in late fall a twenty-question qualifying quiz will be given to all 5th graders; the five students with the highest scores will form Parkway’s team. The winning homeroom team will represent Parkway at the district competition in late January.

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

What Can Parents Do? 

Research shows students who read books, discuss books, and listen to books experience less "summer slide."  Put simply - find time to read. 

I will meet with the fourth-grade classes before the end of the school year to share the details of the program. Here is a link to our presentationThis presentation is also available in the students’ Grade 4 Media Google Classroom.

Have a great summer!

Lea Attanasio

Parkway School Library Media Specialist


Battle of the Books List for 2024-2025

A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Loki:  A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good by Louis Stowell

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

The Superteacher Project by Gordon Korman

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown



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