High school students from across the state of Iowa are invited to participate in the Iowa High School Battle of the Books.

Here's how it works:

1.  Form a team of up to 6 students in grades 9-12 (you can have more than one team per school). Students may only be on one team.

2.  Find an adult coach (teacher, parent, librarian)

3.  Complete one registration per team and include $5 registration fee by check (postmarked NLT January 31).  

4.  Read the books!

5.  Discuss the books, talk about them, have fun!

6.  Coaches complete online survey to test the online testing system February 15-24

7.  Take a multiple choice test and an author name test online with your team March 1-15 at your home school

8.  Top 16 teams travel to Marshalltown for the GRAND BATTLE on April 28, 2015.


Recent Announcements

  • 2015 State Battle qualifiers announced Please see the Online Battle Results page for qualifiers.  Congratulations to all participants!
    Posted Mar 17, 2015, 8:05 AM by Read IHSBOB
  • Online Tests Just a gentle reminder that the Online Multiple Choice Test and Author Test must be completed by March 15th!  As of today, high score on the Multiple Choice Test is ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2015, 10:24 AM by Read IHSBOB
  • Online Testing Begins March 1st! The multiple choice and author tests will open on March 1st for the 2015 IHSBOB qualifying rounds!  Testing must be completed by March 15th.  Good luck to all!
    Posted Feb 25, 2015, 5:12 PM by Read IHSBOB
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2014 Grand Battle

"In the case of good books, the point is
not to see how many of them you
can get through, but rather how
many can get through to you."
~Mortimer Jerome Adler

The mission of IHSBOB is to introduce Iowa students
 (grades 9-12) to award-winning literature.