Elementary Battle of the Books

The Chicago Public Schools' Battle of the Books program encourages ongoing reading and teamwork throughout the course of a year. Teams are comprised of students in two categories: 4th through 6th grade, and 7th and 8th grade. Each school may register one team per grade level. Each division has a separate reading list of 21 books. In the spring, student teams work together to score points during three rounds of online competition, answering questions about the books with bonus points for giving the full name of the author. The highest scoring 15 teams from each grade level advance to the City Finals live competition, cheered on by family and friends.

Each team needs at least one set of books to read. As students read titles from the list, they are encouraged to write questions about the books as they read. Some questions can be used for in-depth exploration and conversations during book club meetings and some questions are knowledge level questions that can be used to prepare for the online battle competition. Participation in the Battle of the Books program promotes greater depth and breadth of student reading, encourages cooperation, teamwork, reading motivation and accomplishment. Everyone’s a winner in the Battle of the Books!

Title Lists

Access the 2019 official Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-8 title lists on the Official Title Lists page.

Questions

Are you wondering what kind of questions will be asked? Find out on the Questions page.

New Coaches

Are you a new coach for Battle of the Books? Check out new coach information on the New Coaches page.

EBOB Archives

Want to see past Battle of the Books information? Visit the 2017 or 2018 Battle of the Books pages.

2019 Battle of the Books Program

  • Schools may register up to 2 teams for the 2019 Elementary Battle of the Books, one 4th-6th grade team and / or one 7th/8th grade team. Complete a separate registration for each team. Four to six readers may participate on each team with a seventh student member serving as an alternate. Register a team for the 2019 Battle of the Books Program!
  • Volunteers will be needed from 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on a Saturday at Little Village / Lawndale High School Campus, located at 3120 S. Kostner Avenue in Chicago! We hope you will be able to join us! Sign up to volunteer today!
  • Your opinions are important to us. We ask that each coach who worked with a team in the Battle of the Books program fill out the Coach Survey.
  • Your opinions matter to us! If you participated in the Battle of the Books program at your school this year, please fill out the Student Survey.
  • Your opinions are important to us! If your child participated in the Battle of the Books program this year, please fill out the Parent Survey.

Timeline 2018/2019

  • August - November: Recruit team members, register your team, order books, begin meeting with team members and ask team members and parents to write questions and answers about the books as they read.
  • September 1: Complete 2019 book lists posted to the Google site.
  • November - January: Procure a set of books. Begin meeting with team members regularly, ensuring access to books as they become available. Share the TeachingBooks.net resources to inspire further reading.
  • CPS 2019 Battle of the Books, Grades 4-6:

Grade 4-6 Web Resources

CPS 2019 Battle of the Books, Grades 7-8: Grade 7-8 Web Resources

  • Collect questions from team members as they read, for practice battles in your school. Coaches read at least one book and write 20 questions about the book. Coaches submit 20 questions to template. December: Coaches are asked to write 20 questions for one Battle of the Books title by January 9th. Please see below for templates.


  • Grade 4-6: Question Template
  • Grade 7-8: Question Template
  • January: Interested students may create designs for the 2019 Battle of the Books T-shirt contest. Designs must be received by February 14th. Please see your team coach for details.
  • February: Elect a team captain to memorize titles and authors and practice gathering information from team members to choose a final answer. Receive a link through e-mail for a short Practice Battle. Gather your team together to take the Practice Battle at any time you like, prior to March 19th. This battle is not scored and is only available to familiarize students with the online format.
  • February 14th: T-shirt designs due to Dorsey Chambers.



  • March: Practice answering questions about books as a team. Determine the 6 students and one alternate that will represent your school.March 20th: Receive a link to the Grade 4-6 Online Battle. Gather your team to take the Online Battle at some point today. The top scoring 30 teams will advance to the City Finals.
  • March : Receive a link to the Grade 7/8 Online Battle. Gather your team to take the Online Battle at some point today. The top scoring 30 teams will advance to the City Finals.
  • March : City Finalist Teams and Network Winners announced!
  • Saturday, April : City Finalists gather on Saturday morning from 10 AM - 12 PM at Little Village / Lawndale High School Campus, located at 3120 S. Kostner Ave.

CPS Student Video

Check out the CPS Student Video by the 2018 Beaubien Elementary Battle Team, Battle of the Books Is Fun!