Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

If you are interested in being on the 2017 - 2018 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team please see Mrs. Madsen in the Media Center when school begins.  

A Reading Bowl permission form will be available for students to fill out in August. 

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Mrs. Helen Ruffin created a reading competition in 1986 after she served on the Georgia Book Award Nomination Committee.  Mrs. Ruffin was a dynamic and innovative Library Media Specialist who taught in DeKalb County for many years.  The reading competition grew into what is now known across Georgia as the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition is open to 4th through 12th grade students across Georgia.  Elementary and middle school students compete with the Georgia Book Award Nominees while high school students compete with the Georgia Peach Teen Book Nominees. Both sets of book nominees change yearly.  

Robinson Elementary School began competing in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl during the 2014-2015 school year.  Each year students apply to be in the HRRB Book Club in August/September.  The HRRB book club meets in the RES media center once a week during lunch to discuss and answer questions about the books.  In December, the students will start competing against each other to determine which 10 students will be on the Robinson HRRB team.  The 10 students who make the RES team will compete against other Dawson County Elementary School teams to determine which team will represent Dawson County in the Regional HRRB Competition in January/February.  

Georgia Book Award Nominees

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl uses the suggested Georgia Book Award Nominee list of titles for elementary schools each year. The following list is for elementary schools.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Don Brown 
Lexile = 920

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook.  
Leslie Connor
Lexile = 540

What Elephants Know
Eric Dinerstein
Lexile = 790L

Lily and Dunkin
Donna Gephart
Lexile = 680L

Projekt 1065
Alan Gratz
Lexile = 780L

When Friendship Followed Me Home
Paul Griffin
Lexile = 590L

Karen Harrington
Lexile = 590L

House Arrest
K.A. Holt
Lexile = 610L

Waiting for Augusta
Jessica Lawson
Lexile = 830L

The Seventh Most Important Thing
Shelley Pearsall 
Lexile = 760L

The Best Man
Richard Peck
Lexile = 540L

Sara Pennypacker
Lexile = 760L

As Brave As You
Jason Reynolds  
Lexile = 750L

Once Was a Time
Leila Sales
Lexile = 760L

Wolf Hollow
Lauren Wolk
Lexile = 800L

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day
John David Anderson
Lexile = 800L

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
Nora Raleigh Bahkin
Lexile = 730L

The Wild Robot
Peter Brown
Lexile = 740L

Unidentified Suburban Object
Mike Jung
Lexile = 830L

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