Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Richmond County
  • Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a dynamic and innovative Library Media Specialist at Sky Haven Elementary School in DeKalb County, created a unique reading competition in 1986. It was called The Reading Bowl, and in a competitive game format, questioned students about the content of the 20 Georgia Book Award Nominees each year. Her vision was to have teams, comprised of students from different schools, compete to test their knowledge of the selected books. This idea came to her after serving on the Georgia Book Award Nomination Committee at the University of Georgia, in 1985. This book award began in the Department of Language Education at the University of Georgia’s College of Education and its purpose, according to their website is, “to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia, and to introduce them to books of literary excellence”. From this experience Mrs. Ruffin shared her vision with her colleagues who embraced the idea and helped her press forward. In 2000, after Mrs. Ruffin’s retirement, several Library Media Specialists formed the DeKalb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB). Other school districts in Georgia heard about this unique reading initiative and soon wanted to join in the competition.

2023-2024 Book List

    1. Thirst by Varsha Bajaj
    2. The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart
    3. Ride On by Faith Erin Hicks
    4. The List of Unspeakable Fears by J. Kasper Kramer
    5. Honestly Elliott by Gillian McDunn
    6. Mwikali and the Forbidden Mask by Shiko Nguru
    7. Tumble by Celia C. Perez
    8. Air: A Novel by Monica Roe
    9. Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed
    10. The Summer of June by Jamie Sumner

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