Reading Bowl

Walton County School District Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Walton County School District is proud to participate in the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB). The HRRB is open to students in grades 4 through 12 across the state. To participate in the HRRB, elementary school students (grades 4-5) and middle school students (grades 6-8) must read books from the Georgia Children's Book Award nominee list for the current year of their grade level. The Georgia Book Award nominee list is the HRRB's official reading list for elementary and middle schools. High school students must read from the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers nominees, which is HRRB's official reading list for high school. Individual schools will set up their own Reading Bowl Teams, who will then compete in a competitive game format known as the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.

History & Goal

Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a library media specialist in DeKalb County, wanted to find a way to use the nominee books from the Georgia Children's Book Award to encourage her students to read. In 2003, she created a reading competition, called the Reading Bowl, using the award nominees. Her vision was to have teams comprised from different schools compete to test their knowledge of the selected books.  
Helen Louise Horten Ruffin
1935 - 2014 


Today, the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in Grades 4-12 across the state. The winning teams from their Local HRRB advance to the Regional HRRB. Winning teams from the regional level meet at the annual Children's Literature Conference at the University of Georgia for the State Championship of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. 


Along with the University of Georgia’s College of Education and Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, the goal of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is, “to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia and to introduce them to books of literary excellence."

Book Selection

Elementary and middle school students will read from the Georgia Children's Book Award nominees. Each level is comprised of ten books. These books have been nominated for the award by teachers, media specialists, and other children's literature enthusiasts from the state of Georgia.  The final lists of nominees are selected by a committee of teachers, school media specialists, and public librarians. 

High school students will read from the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers nominees. The Georgia Peach Book Award works to promote literacy skills in teens by highlighting the best current young adult literature. The selection committee is comprised of approximately twenty high school media specialists and public librarians who work with teens. Each year, the committee reads widely (from 150-200 titles) to choose the final list of twenty nominated books. 

The books are considered according to the following criteria:
1. Published within the last two years
2. High reader appeal (in terms of the ability to foster a love of reading)
3. Age appropriateness 
4. Literary quality
5. Representation (Consideration will be given to genre diversity, gender representation, racial/ethnic diversity of cultural, social, political, economic, and religious viewpoints. In other words, does the text serve as a window or a mirror for children?)

We are sensitive to the values of the many families that make up our school district. If you as a parent/coach feel that one or more of the books on the list is not a good fit for your child/student(s), then you are not obligated to have them read it. However, please understand that the HRRB Steering Committee will include questions from all books at the Regional and State HRRB Competitions. 

Competition, Dates, Location & Format

Local 

Reading Bowl

January 28, 2023


Loganville HS


In-person

Regional Reading Bowl


February 11, 2023



Loganville HS

(volunteers only)

Teams will gather at their schools to compete. 

Digital - Microsoft Teams


State 

Reading Bowl

March 18, 2023


Teams will gather at their schools to compete. 

Digital - Microsoft Teams

Book Lists & Summaries

22-23 GA Children's Book Award 
Elementary (Gr 4-5)

22-23 GA Children's Book Award 
Middle (Gr 6-8)

22-23 GA Peach Book Award for Teen Readers High (Gr 9-12)

Voluteers

If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact May Xiong. We would love to have you at one of our Reading Bowl competitions!

Contact Us

For any questions about the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, please contact: 

Denise Cobbs
Director PreK-5 Curriculum

May Xiong
HRRB East Region School District Coordinator

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