A group of 6th grade students held a ‘Biblio Battle’ book report contest in their weekly Extensive Reading class. Each student presented one of the book reports she has written since the beginning of the course in April to a small group of her classmates, who then chose the best report to progress to the next round.

In the final round, the three remaining students made presentations about the lives of well-known 18th century English novelist Jane Austen, the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson, and Chieko Watanabe, who was left paralysed by the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki but who spent her life campaigning for a world without nuclear weapons. The presentations were not only extremely interesting, but provided a valuable opportunity for the students to recommend books worth reading to their classmates.