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State-Wide Book Awards 2018

All students are eligible to vote for their favorite books in these three award contests and all Bellingham School District students are welcome to use the links below to vote.  Click on the name of the contest below and complete the form.  You must log in to Office365 with your school account to access the forms and participate in the contest.

Questions about the form and voting should be directed to Ralph Hayden, the Teacher Librarian at Parkview Elementary School,

Questions about the books themselves should be directed to your friendly school librarian, Julie Hunter,


Washington Library Association School Library Division’s Award for chapter books for grades 3-6. Voting must be completed by Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Young Readers’ Choice

Pacific Northwest Library Association Junior Division Award for chapter books for grades 4-6. Voting must be completed by Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Otter (Our Time To Enjoy Reading)

Washington Library Association School Library Division’s Award for ALL students in grades K-5. Voting must be completed by Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Towner (Non-fiction Reading)

Washington Library Association School Library Division’s Award for

ALL students in grades 2-6. Voting must be complete by Monday,

April 30, 2018.


YETI Super Bowl 2018 is over! Long Live the YETI!

Our 2018 YETI season saw many changes to the district wide 4th and 5th grader activity formerly known as The Sasquatch Super Bowl. The Bellingham School District Librarians carefully selected a range of content appropriate novels not just from the Sasquatch and Young Readers Choice lists, but from the Otter nominee list as well. We made sure to include various genres with diverse characters and a broader reading level range than in previous years, making it possible for 4th and 5th graders to read from the same list of 13 books. Maybe that’s why we saw more participation across the district. At Wade King we had standing room only at our 4th grade and 5th grade practices. Many thanks to our classroom teachers who released YETI readers for 30 minutes each week! That support means so much because students did not have to worry about after school transportation, or conflicts with other after school enrichments. Playing games and solving puzzles based on our books made the time fly! We were able to provide access to our absent students because we transitioned to electronic practice quizzes on our website that allowed students to engage with our books whenever and wherever. Thanks to Lowell Librarian Lisa Christensen, we were able to use Office 365 Forms in our competitions so that students could submit their answers electronically and get instantaneous results, streamlining our scoring. Of course, the best part of YETI remained the same; reading great books and talking about them with friends, and making new friends through book talking! In that most important way, every YETI participant was a winner. Kudos to our 4th grade finalists, The Mind Readers (Meagan, Emma, Olivia and Zoe) who made the district tie-breaker round a real nail-biter and came in 2nd. Our 5th grade team (Teagan, Jessa, Taryn and Katie) represented Wade King with the longest team name in history: The Honest Truth about the Unusual Chicken Masterminds that Saved My Life in a Tree! We’ll announce next year’s YETI list before school is out so we can do it all over again next year, so get YETI to read!


Yeti Super Bowl is a district wide activity for 4th and 5th graders, formerly known* as The Sasquatch Super Bowl. School Librarians from across the Pacific Northwest nominate the best, recently published novels for middle grader readers for the Otter Award, Sasquatch Award and the Young Readers Choice Award. In an effort to motivate students to read these books, Bellingham School Librarians create games, puzzles and quizzes based on the nominated titles. At Wade King School, weekly, optional Yeti Super Bowl meetings are held from December to March, during regular school hours. Students who regularly attend these meetings are invited to form teams and participate in the Wade King “Super Bowl” competition. The 4th grade school competition is Feb. 20th in the Library at 1:00 to 2:30. The 5th grade school competition is February 13th in the Library at 1:00 to 2:30. Family and Friends are welcome to attend all Yeti Super Bowl events! The winning teams go on to compete in the District Finals. 4th grade city-wide competition is March 1st at Wade King School 1:30 to 2:30ish. 5th grade city-wide competition is February 22nd at Wade King School 1:30 to 2:30ish. Family and Friends are welcome there too!  At Wade King, the emphasis is on fun, cooperative game playing using knowledge of the nominated books. The competition aspect is important for some students, but not the focus at Wade King. Participating in the culminating competitions is absolutely optional. However, once committed to a team, students are expected to follow through.

*You will have noticed several changes made to the 2017-2018 district competition. We are now calling it the YETI Books Competition because we are selecting the books used in the competition from several different Washington Children’s Choice lists. This allows us to select books from a variety of genres and reading levels. The second change is the number of books. The Bellingham School District Teacher Librarian team has selected 13 “YETI” books that will be used for both the 4th and 5th grade competitions.

You’ll Enjoy These Incredible Books!
By Dan Gemeinhart
By Sharon M Draper
By Mary Downing Hahn
By Gordon Korman
By Mac Barnett
By Kekla Magoon
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
By Victoria Jamieson
By Kelly Jones
By Katherine Applegate
By Louis Sachar
By Monica Brown

The YETI Books competitions will each consist of 3 rounds. The first two rounds will each have questions about the books, the answer to the question will be the name of a book. The top scoring teams from these rounds will advance to the finals. The final round will consist of quotes from the books. Teams will have to correctly identify which book the quote came from. In the event of a tie, the tying teams will continue into a sudden death round.

Below are links to online quizzes, you need to log into your office 365 account to take the quiz, and you will only be able to take each quiz one time.  If you are part of a team, I suggest you use the paper version of the quizzes given to you by Mrs. Hunter. Then one person from the team can pull up the same online quiz and enter your team’s answers to check your score.

Use these book names as the answer to the questions on the quizzes.

The Honest Truth, Stella by Starlight, Took, Masterminds, The Terrible Two, Shadows of Sherwood, The War that Saved my Life, Fish in a Tree, Roller Girl, Unusual Chickens, Crenshaw, Fuzzy Mud, Lola Levine

Quiz #1        Quiz #2         Quiz #3         Quiz #4           Quiz #5           Quiz #6

Quiz #7        Quiz #8         Quiz #9         Quiz #10         Quiz #11         Quiz #12

Quiz #13     Quiz #14        Quiz #15        Quiz #16        Quiz #17         Quiz #18

Quote Quiz #19         Quote Quiz #20        Quote Quiz #21        Quote Quiz #22

Quote Quiz #23         Quote Quiz #24