YHBA (Young Hoosier Book Award) is a reading list created by the Association of Indiana Media Educators. Each year 20 picture books are selected for the reading enjoyment of the students. At Cherry Tree, our second and third graders participate voluntarily. The Media Specialist introduces the books to the children along with a computer database program that the students can enter their reading logs. The Media Specialist also has the privilege of offering a monthly Lunch Bunch time to read and discuss one of these books from the list.
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
This is a challenge program offered to all fourth and fifth grade students. The students form a four-person team from their grade level. Each team member must read five books from the current Cherry Tree Book Award list and become an "expert" on those books they have read. During recess time, grade level teams will "battle" with each other. The "battle" will last 12 minutes or 20 questions. The winning team will advance to the next level. The final "battle" will be between the winning fourth grade and fifth grade teams.