Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl 2016–2017

Several years ago, Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a library media specialist in DeKalb County, wanted to find a way to use the nominee books from the Georgia Children’s Book Awards to encourage her students to read. She therefore created a unique reading competition in game format, called the Reading Bowl, using the award nominees. Her vision was to have teams comprised of students from different schools compete to test their knowledge of the selected books.
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.

Book Scavenger

by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

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Circus Mirandus

by Cassie Beasley / Diana Sudyka

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by Katherine Applegate

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El Deafo

by Cece Bell / David Lasky

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by Daniel Miyares



by Kelly DiPucchio / Christian Robinson

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by Gordon Korman

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by JiHyeon Lee


Rain Reign

by Ann M. Martin

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Roller Girl

by Victoria Jamieson

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Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson / Sydney Smith

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Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

by Laurel Snyder / Julie Morstad

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The Marvels

by Brian Selznick

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The Red Pencil

by Andrea Davis Pinkney / Shane W. Evans


The Terrible Two

by Mac Barnett / Kevin Cornell

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The War that Saved My Life

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Trombone Shorty

by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews / Bryan Collier

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