Our mission is to ignite a passion for reading in our students through a better understanding of excellent literature, and to encourage improved comprehension through friendly competition.
|What is Lit Blitz?
Lit Blitz is a competitive reading incentive book club whose purpose is to encourage better reading habits in students. Students are encouraged to read, not only for enjoyment, but to read more comprehensively.
Students are responsible for reading the eight Star Books throughout the school year (one a month), and answering questions about those books during Skirmishes held once a month throughout the year.
|Star Books Cafe'
The Star Books Cafe' is a relaxed and informal environment where students will meet once a month to enjoy breakfast or snacks while they read together, discuss the books they are reading, and/or listen to books on tape. Sponsors conduct "book talks" to guide the discussion of books.
Skirmishes are held at the local school once a month to check for student comprehension of the eight assigned books. Points gained from the skirmishes are recorded throughout the year.
The Blitzkrieg is the final competition with all club members, starting the competition with the points they have accumulated throughout the year. All club members will be recognized for their participation in the program, with the first, second, and third place winners receiving trophies.
|Who Can Join?
Any 2nd-8th grade student who is interested may join a Lit Blitz club. If your school does not have a Lit Blitz club, encourage some of your teachers and parents to become sponsors. It's easy - just contact us at pamfreed@LitBlitz.com for more information about how to become a Lit Blitz school!
Star Book Lists
Click on underlined items for links to novel info and author studies
| Sample Questions
for 4th & 5th Graders
1. In Peter and the Starcatchers, what is starstuff?
Starstuff is a material that falls from the heavens and sometimes comes to Earth, like from a falling star.
2. In Running Out of Time, where did Jessie sleep the first night she escaped from Clifton Village?
Jessie slept on a toilet in the tourist restroom.
3. What is the national setting of Number the Stars?
The national setting is Denmark.
4. What is the genre of The Thief Lord?
The genre of The Thief Lord is fantasy.
for 2nd & 3rd Graders
1. In Flat Stanley, what caused Stanley to become flat?
Stanley's enormous bulletin board fell on him during the night while he was sleeping.
2. Through whose eyes do we see the story of Because of Winn-Dixie?
We see the story through Opal's eyes.
3. In Sarah, Plain and Tall, what is Papa's 'dune' made of?
Papa's dune is made of hay.
4. In Chocolate Fever, how do some people say Henry was born?
They say Henry was hatched, fully-grown from a chocolate bean.
|3. A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
|4. The Indian in the Cupboard
by Lynne Reid Banks
|1. When Pigasso Met Mootisse
by Nina Laden
|2. The Boy of the
Three Year Nap
by Dianne Snyder
|5. The Butterfly
by Patricia Polacco
|3. Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish
|4. How Many Days to America?
by Eve Bunting
|2. Chasing Vermeer
by Blue Balliett
|1. Elijah of Buxton
by Christopher Paul Curtis
|for 4th and 5th Graders|
|for 2nd and 3rd Graders|
|5. Charlotte's Web
by E. B. White
|7. Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
|8. The Great Kapok Tree
by Lynne Cherry
|3. To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
|4. William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
retold by Bruce Coville
|5. Al Capone
Does My Shirts
by Gennifer Choldenko
|2. Among the Hidden
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
|1. Across Five Aprils
by Irene Hunt
|for 6th - 8th Graders|
|NEW FOR 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR!
COMING SOON! Choose from over 100 literature units to download for your club/s!
Each literature unit includes:
Book Talk Teaching Tips (genre, setting, main characters, game/activity, story-related recipe, etc.) Comprehension and skill questions (open-ended and multiple choice versions)
Vocab Puzzle page
Teacher keys for questions, vocabulary & puzzle pages;
Check us out with these sample downloads: