Battle of the Books Headquarters

Battle of the Books 2017-2018

2018 BSSD District Battle Championships

High School:

1st Place: John Apangalook School

2nd Place: Frank A. Degnan High School

3rd Place: Hogarth Kingeekuk Sr. Memorial School & White Mountain School

7/8 Grade:

1st Place: Koyuk Stars

2nd Place: Koyuk Malemutes

3rd Place: Koyuk Cubs

5/6 Grade:

1st Place: Unalakleet

2nd Place: Tukurngailnguq School

3rd Place: Diomede Dateliners

3/4 Grade:

1st Place: Unalakleet School

2nd Place: White Mountain School

3rd Place: Paul F. Asicksik, Sr. School

Second Grade:

1st Place: Koyuk Malimuit School

2nd Place: Paul F. Asicksik, Sr. School

3rd Place: Unalakleet Wolf Pups &

Anthony A. Andrews School

First Grade:

1st Place: Martin L. Olson School

2nd Place: Unalakleet Wolf Pups

3rd Place: Tukurngailnguq School


1st place: Tukurngailnguq School & Koyuk School

2nd Place: Unalakleet Wolf Pups & Anthony A. Andrews School

3rd Place: Shishmaref School &

Hogarth Kingeekuk Sr. Memorial School

What is Battle of the Books?


It takes a team of four dedicated students within an age group. The team is composed of:

  • A leader
  • A spokesperson
  • A scribe
  • An alternate


The Alaska Association of School Libraries gathers annually to select recommended books based on the following criteria:

  • Reviews/Ratings
  • Repeat Titles
  • Alaska Titles
  • Format: paperback and availability


Teams battle it out between classrooms, schools, and a statewide competition.

  • Teams are asked questions about a detail in one of the books.
  • The team receives points when they answer with the correct title and author.
  • The team with the most points wins.

Grade Catagories:

  • High School (9th-12th grades)
  • Middle School (7th & 8th grades)
  • 5th & 6th Grades
  • 3rd & 4th Grades

K-2: No state battles, no challenges, and each grade competes as a class with slightly different rules.

  • 2nd Graders
  • 1st Graders
  • Kindergarten

*Note: All students compete based on grade level. For multi-grade classrooms, younger students may compete with older students. Older students may not compete in a younger category. A team of less than four students may compete both at the district and state level.

For more details, or to join the fun, contact your school librarian or your teacher. Teachers and staff may enter the Coaches Closet or contact BSSD Media for more information.