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 TBD in late April, 2016


Recent Announcements

  • Grand Battle Date Set The 2016 Grand Battle will take place on Tuesday morning, April 26, 2016!
    Posted Aug 13, 2015, 2:44 PM by Read IHSBOB
  • Discussion Blogs  By request, we've created a blog for students to talk about books and one for coaches to discuss strategies. Links are listed on the Home page!
    Posted May 13, 2015, 7:19 PM by Read IHSBOB
  • Shelfari Shelfari has been updated with the 2016 books! http://www.shelfari.com/IHSBOB
    Posted May 12, 2015, 7:06 PM by Read IHSBOB
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2015 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.