Several years ago, Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a library media specialist in DeKalb County, created a reading challenge using the nominee books from the Georgia Children’s Book Awards to encourage her students to read.
Today, the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state. The winning teams from the Divisional Bowls meet at the Annual Conference on Children’s Literature in March for the State Championship of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.
To participate in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, elementary and middle school students must read the current Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees. The Georgia Book Award Nominees is the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl’s official reading list.
Helen Ruffin Reading List
1. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, Pablo Cartaya (Lexile = 750L)
2. We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler, Russell Freedman (Lexile = 630L)
3. Refugee, Alan Gratz (Lexile = 630L)
4. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, Lowery, Leacock and Buckley (Lexile = 780L)
5. Click Here to Start, Denis Markell (Lexile = 670L)
6. Ghost, Jason Reynolds (Lexile 730L)
7. Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, Steve Sheinkin (Lexile = 980L)
8. Hoodoo, Ronald Smith (Lexile = 600L)
9. The Ethan I was Before, Ali Standish (Lexile = 730L)
10. Karma Khullar's Mustache, Kristi Wientge (Lexile = 820L)