Reading Rivalry

What is Reading Rivalry?

Reading Rivalry is an optional, PTO-sponsored event.  The intent is to foster a love of reading, introduce the students to books they may not otherwise choose, provide opportunities to work as a team, and to have fun!


  • The Reading Rivalry books are those 10 books selected annually for the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award.   After reading the books, the participants vote to select the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Winner!

  • Reading Rivalry is open to students in grades 3-5. 

  • In 2022, students are challenged to read as many of the books as they can before May 22! There will be prizes for each book read. 


Read one book and fill out quiz online - Duck Donut Gift Certificate

Read two books and fill out quiz online - Stress Ball AND Duck Donut Gift Certificate


Prize List: 

1 Book : Duck Donut gift certificate

2 Books: Stress Ball 

3 Books: Culver’s Scoop Certificate

4 Books: Lava Pen 

5 Books: Rubik’s Cube AND entry into prize drawing

6 Books: Animal Book Mark 

7 Books: Pop-It 

8 Books: Slime Container

9 Books: Wiggly Water Snake Fidget

10 Books:  T-Shirt AND an entry into the grand prize drawing


*prizes are subject to change*

Those who read all 10 books will have their name entered in a drawing for a big grand prize.

Students must fill out an online quiz FOR EACH BOOK to be eligible for any prizes! Click on the book pictures below to access the quiz. 

When is Reading Rivalry?

  • Kick-off:  February

  • Weekly meetings:  None this year due to Covid

  • Wrap up and prize distribution:  May (Last day to submit books read is May 22, prizes will be available in the office the last week of school)

What is the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award?

The Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award is a children's read and vote book award.  

Its purpose is to encourage recreational reading among school age children. 

Nominated titles are works of fiction of recognized quality selected by independent

regional reading groups.


The books on the nominee lists are selected by the Maud Hart Lovelace Selection

Committee.  Criteria for selection include:

  • books must be available in paperback as of January 1st of the selection year

  • author must live in North America

  • original copyright must be within three years of the selection year

  • must be work of fiction and not classified as a picture book

Who is Maud Hart Lovelace?

Maud Hart Lovelace is best known for her beloved series of Betsy-Tacy books, which were set at the turn of the twentieth century in Mankato. These captivating stories of small town life, family traditions and enduring friendships have captured the hearts of young and old for over 65 years. Maud Hart Lovelace, was born April 25, 1892, in Mankato.  Like Betsy, Maud followed her mother around the house at age five asking questions for the stories she had already begun to write. When Maud was ten, a booklet of her poems was printed; and by age eighteen, she had sold her first short story. The Hart family settled in Minneapolis in 1910, where Maud attended the University of Minnesota. In 1917, she married Delos W. Lovelace, a newspaper reporter who later became a popular writer of short stories.  The Lovelaces’ daughter, Merian, was born in 1931. Maud would tell her daughter bedtime stories about her childhood, and it was these stories that gave her the idea of writing the Betsy-Tacy books. Maud did not intend to write an entire series when the first book was published in 1940, but readers asked for more stories. So Maud took Betsy through high school and beyond college to the “great world” and marriage. The final book in the series, Betsy’s Wedding, was published in 1955.


2021-22 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Nominees/Reading Rivalry Books

This year’s books:

The Doughnut Fix, by Jessie Janowitz

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks 

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell

Max & the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce

The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

(Click on the picture below to fill out the google form for each book)

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