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Spring 2021


Publishers and publishing, Book industries and trade, Multiculturalism in literature


This paper will examine the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) reading lists for the last five years, evaluating the diversity and representation within the books. An initial survey of the titles chosen for the OBOB reading list from 2016-2021 suggests that there has been more of an effort to choose diverse books in the most recent years, indicating that the titles being chosen are responding to the greater call for decentering whiteness within United States literacy programs. Literacy programs encourage students to read outside of the classroom. The competition-style program Battle of the Books offers game-based learning and allows students to opt-in and become experts on the texts they are reading. The competition starts small at the local school; if they do well, students eventually compete at a statewide competition. This paper makes a case for the importance of diversity in children’s literature, as well as the idea of game-based learning as a beneficial tool for information retention.


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Paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Writing: Book Publishing.

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