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 registration per team (written) 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 1-29 at your home school.

8.  Top 16 teams travel to Marshalltown for the GRAND BATTLE on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

The competition has minor changes every year, please be sure to read carefully so you and your team is well prepared.


Recent Announcements

  • Virtual Author Visit Announcement! Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King, will visit with students at the Grand Battle!
    Posted Jul 31, 2018, 7:28 AM by Read IHSBOB
  • 2019 Grand Battle Date Set The 2019 Grand Battle will be on April 24, 2019!
    Posted Jul 31, 2018, 7:28 AM by Read IHSBOB
  • Grand Battle Champions Congratulations to the Alexandrians Pt. 2, your 2018 Grand Champions. Congrats to ALL participants on a well-battled year. Hope to see you next year!
    Posted May 8, 2018, 12:24 PM by Read IHSBOB
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"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.


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