NAME THAT BOOK: Grades 3rd-5th

Are you interested in joining Name That Book 3-6, 2022-2022?

Please join us for a Virtual Parent Informational Meeting on Wednesday September 7, 2022. If you would like an invitation, please email If you already know you are interested, please join us in the library on September 12th at 3:00 to discuss our first book. We will be discussing A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck.

What is Name That Book? The Name That Book contest, coordinated by the HISD Department of Library Services, serves to acquaint HISD students with classic literature as well as contemporary award-winning books, representing a variety of genres. The district-wide competition using each school team is held in the spring.

What is the competition like?

Students in grades 3-6 read the HISD published list of 25 books. The list of books is available at HISD Library Services. The focus is on reading with memorizing, picture memory and comprehension. Multiple re-readings may be necessary. In the spring, usually February/March is dedicated to competitions where the selected student teams are placed together and presented with direct quotes or descriptions including picture descriptions. They are allowed 30 seconds to quietly discuss and present the book that represents the right answer. No speaking is allowed while answering and the students type the name of the correct book on an iPad containing all 25 book covers. This requires intense concentration and cooperation between team members with quiet, healthy discussions.

Time commitments: We will meet weekly in the library every Monday where the kids will discuss the books for the week. We will have tryouts for the final team selection in December.

Student expectations: Each student is expected to read all of the books and encouraged to write down and bring Ten quotes per book on the books they read. This can be direct quotes, settings or picture descriptions. You will be provided a link for a google form where you will enter your quotes.

Parent support: Parental involvement is crucial to success in the reading mission. We would love to have parents volunteer to lead the book club discussions on their favorite book!

So students - Bring out your passion to read, sharpen your good memory for details, and dedicate the time to reading and comprehending... (many times!)


Parent Sponsors: Laura Atha