Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades 4-6.  The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books.  We partner with America's Battle of the Books, to run this program. 

Download a copy of the current list or a FAQ sheet.  Questions?  Email Kris Bell.

How does a student Participate?
By reading books from the Battle of Books List: 10 books for 4th grade, 12 for 5th, and 13 for 6th.  Students may count books they read in class, books which teachers or parents read to them, books they listen to on audiobook and books they have read before. However, they cannot count a book that they have only seen as a movie.  They should keep a log of the books they read, listing the title, author, main characters, and a brief summary so they can review this information before the Battle. 

Where do students get the books?
Each school library orders multiple copies of each book and classroom teachers sometimes have copies in their classroom.  The public library also has copies and the list has been provided to local book stores.

When do students read the books?
Reading during the summer is completely optional. The school battles are not held until May. Therefore, students have plenty of time to read the 10-13 books required during the school year.  

What is the “Battle”?
Students who read the required number of books may participate in the Battle; a game-show style competition where they work in teams to answer questions from the current year’s list of books and earn points for correct answers.  Each school holds their own site Battle and then the District hosts a Battle where all schools are invited to bring a select number of students.  The Battles are full day events celebrating reading.  Students are assigned to a team, given a mascot, and sent to their first round of the “Battle”.  They play several rounds, each against a different team.  At the end of the morning, points are totaled and the two teams with the most points are invited to a “Grand Battle” after lunch with the other teams as their audience.  These two teams will also be given the opportunity to participate in the District “Battle” in late May. 

What does the student earn for Participation?
The knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books and sharing them with friends, teachers and parents, plus a fun day of playing the “Battle”.

How can parents find out more about the books?     

Reading to and/or with your child, even as they grow older, can be a wonderful experience and continue to foster their love of reading. When you make yourself familiar with what your child is reading and talk with them about the story, not only does it help with their reading comprehension, but it can also be a way to talk about life lessons or subjects that may occur in a story that your child might have questions/concerns about.