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Book Blitz Jr.
(formerly Battle of the Books)

Book Blitz Jr. is a Canyons School District literacy competition for 3rd – 5th graders designed to encourage reading outside of the school curriculum. Students read books from a selected list, write summaries, form teams, and compete on Battle Day (March 27 & 28), using their collective knowledge of the content of the books — Jeopardy style! The team with the most points – two for each correct answer, plus another for the author – wins. The 4th or 5th grade winners of our school level will participate in a district-wide competition. Additionally, Alta View will be hosting monthly candy bar drawings to reward students that turn in book summaries.

The contest is similar to America’s Battle of Books, which Alta View Elementary formerly participated in.

The student promises to: 

  1. I promise to listen to other’s ideas with respect. 
  2. I promise to thoughtfully read each book by the meeting date.
  3. I promise to ask my coach for help if I need it. 
  4. I promise to share responsibility for our team’s success and mistakes. 
  5. I promise to represent my school by demonstrating integrity and good sportsmanship through the competition.

Scan the QR code below or click here to register your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader today.

Students should submit completed book summaries to the Alta View administrative office. Those who submit summaries will be entered into a monthly drawing for a candy bar. 

Click the picture above to download a printable PDF of the summary sheet. 


2023-2024 3rd Grade Reading List

To download a PDF copy of the 3rd Grade reading list, click here

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

by Lenore Look

Bedhead Ted

by Scott SanGiacomo

Dog Squad

by Chris Grabenstein

Freddie vs. the Family Curse

by Tracy Badua

Gone Fishing

by Tamera Will Wissinger

Hockey Night in Kenya

by Danson Mutinda

I Am Sacagawea

by Brad Meltzer

I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018

by Lauren Tarshis

RED, the Fairly True Tale of Red Riding Hood

by Leisl Shurtliff

Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion

by K. Tempest Bradford

Tara and the Towering Wave

by Cristina Oxtra

Word Travelers and the Taj Mahal Mystery

by Raj Haldar

2023-2024 4th and 5th Grade Reading List

To download a PDF copy of the 4th and 5th Grade reading list, click here

BHAI For Now

by Maleeha Siddiqui

The Boy at the Back of the Class

by Onjali Q. Rauf

City Spies

by James Ponti

Confessions of a Class Clown

by Arianne Costner

Merci Suarez Changes Gears

by Meg Medina


by Jason Segal & Kristen Miller


by Katherine Applegate


by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Sisters of the Neversea

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Swim Team

by Johnnie Christmas

Virtually Me

by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown

Wild River

by Rodman Philbrik


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