Northwest AEA

Students take reading seriously through Book Bash


SIOUX CITY, IOWA (April 20, 2017)—Nearly 600 students participated in the annual Book Bash coordinated by Northwest AEA. The process for the bash begins in the fall, when teacher librarians and teachers help select 20 books for middle school students and 20 books for high school students. Students get into teams of between two and six students, give their team a name and determine how they will divide up the books to read. They spend most of the year reading and discussing the books. 

Teacher librarians and teachers help us write multiple-choice questions about each book, and submit them to Pam Buysman and Judy Sweetman at Northwest AEA. They enter all of the questions into ClassMarker, an online quiz center. This year, because there were so many students involved, we had them take the initial quiz at their school.

Each team could order one free book, which Ann Derochie, Northwest AEA's circulation coordinator, ordered and sent out to them. Students had five days in which they could take the initial quiz. The top 12 middle and top 12 high school teams were invited to come to Northwest AEA to participate in the final round on April 20. Using the AEA's Chromebooks, each of the 24 teams logged into ClassMarker and took the final round quiz. 

The top teams were as follows:

Middle School

1st Place: Ar-We-Va Rocket Readers

2nd Place: MOC-Floyd Valley Sizzlin' Six

3rd Place: Sioux City North Middle Stars

High School

1st Place: West Lyon Senior White

2nd Place: MOC-Floyd Valley Whoopsie Daisies

3rd Place: MOC-Floyd Valley Louisiana Compromise

All students who participated today received a free book. Northwest AEA had approximately 185 books they could choose from. First-place winners could choose two additional free books. Second- and third-place winners could choose one additional book. The winning teams also received team commemorative plaques for their efforts.

Congrats to all teachers and students who made participated in this event!


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit

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