Denisa Anderson and students.

Elementary students across the district competed in the annual Sasquatch Super bowl reading competition at the Bellingham Public Library April 16 and April 23. First and second place winning teams came from Carl Cozier and Roosevelt Elementary. Competing at fourth and fifth grade levels, students formed teams in the fall. Teams collectively read all books on the contest reading lists, while library media specialists from each school developed questions for the contest.

Each elementary school held its own competitions and winning teams moved forward to the Sasquatch Super Bowl.

This year, Village Books and Menchies donated $5 gift cards for all participants. Winners also received autographed copies of books and additional gift certificates donated by school librarians. After learning about the event at a Washington Library Media Association Conference (WLMA) in 2001, library media specialists in Bellingham Public Schools started the event to benefit students in a number of ways.

“It teaches commitment, responsibility and team skills over many months. The students often sign contracts promising to not quit and to learn to solve problems within the team,” Denisa Anderson said, library media specialist at Roosevelt Elementary. “It exposes students to a variety of genres that they would not normally be inclined to read.”

2015 Sasquatch Books included:

4th grade reading:

  • The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader
  • Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
  • Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
  • The Grave Robber’s Apprentice by Allen Stratton
  • Have a Hot Time, Hades! by Kate McMullan
  • Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin
  • The Puzzler’s Mansion by Eric Berlin
  • Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock
  • Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Presus
  • Something to Hold by Katherine Schlick Noe
  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio

5th grade reading (added to above list):

  • Chomp by Carl Hiassen
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
  • Ungifted by Gordon Korman
  • Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket









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