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About Reading Revolution

Reading Revolution is a fun reading competition designed to promote literacy and the joy of reading for students in grades 4-8, regardless of ability. The goal is for students to experience a variety of quality literature and nonfiction, while increasing reading comprehension and promoting collaboration and teamwork. Teams of four students read, discuss, and practice quizzing each other in preparation for the actual competition, during which students will answer questions in a variety of formats and with varying levels of difficulty.


Event Competitions

Cover That (an Optional Competition)
Convincing Characters
Heads Together
Stand and Deliver
Full Circle

The Official Coaches Handbook is now available for review, with details on the Reading Revolution event, as well as descriptions of each competition.

2019 Event Book Lists (printable listing, including ISBNs)

Elementary Division (Grades 4-6) - May 16, 2019

  1. Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova 
  2. Amina's Voice by Hena Khan 
  3. Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology and a 3D-printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose
  4. A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  5. Chasing Augustus by Kimberly Newton Fusco
  6. Clayton Bird Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  7. Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt
  8. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  9. Hello, Universe by Kelly & Erin Entrada
  10. Runs with Courage by Joan M. Wolf
  11. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
  12. The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick
  13. Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
  14. The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 
  15. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Middle School Division (Grades 7-8) - May 24, 2019

  1. All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
  2. As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
  3. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  4. The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods
  5. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  6. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  7. It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  8. The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  9. River Runs Deep by Jennifer Bradbury
  10. Rebound by Kwame Alexander
  11. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  12. Saving Wonder by Mary Knight
  13. Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
  14. Smiley: A Journey of Love by Joanne George
  15. What Elephants Know: A Novel by Eric Dinerstein

Regional Event Details

Official Coaches Handbook

Elementary School Division (4-6 Grade)
Event Date: May 16, 2019
Location: TCOE Administration Building
6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia

Middle School Division (7-8 Grade)

Event Date: May 24, 2019
Location: TCOE Doe Complex
7000 W. Doe Ave., Visalia

Elementary Division School registration due - December 3, 2018

Middle School Division School registration due - December 3, 2018
Elementary Cover That registration and artwork due - April 18, 2019
Middle School Cover That registration and artwork due - April 25, 2019
Elementary Team Registration due - April 18, 2019
Middle School Team Registration due - April 25, 2019

Event Contacts: 

Paula Terrill 
Student Event Coordinator
(559) 651-0565

Debra Lockwood
Library Media Supervisor 

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"My students had according to them, "The best day of their lives!" What a great event and experience for all of the participants. Thanks for all of the hard work." ~Elementary School Coach


“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for kids to read outside of their comfort zone and is a very fun thing to work towards all year long.”
Middle School Coach

“Thanks for the competition where Reading is celebrated....We enjoyed the immersion to history and literary masterpieces. The different parts of the competition were full of color and excitement... we love it!" 
Middle School Coach