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) with a GMAIL account.

3.  Complete registration per team (electronic and 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 1-15 at your home school

8.  Top 16 teams travel to Marshalltown for the GRAND BATTLE on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

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


Recent Announcements

  • Are you ready to battle? Grand Battle info sent to coaches today! Please check your email!
    Posted Apr 18, 2017, 6:10 AM by Read IHSBOB
  • Grand Battle Details Email sent to Grand Battle qualifying team coaches today! Check your email please.
    Posted Mar 31, 2017, 1:14 PM by Read IHSBOB
  • Grand Battle Teams Confirmed The top 16 teams have all confirmed to attend the 2017 IHSBOB at AEA267 on April 26, 2017 in Marshalltown! Instructions will be sent to coaches in the next week ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2017, 1:57 PM by Read IHSBOB
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2016 IHSBOB 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.


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my 2017-ihsbob shelf:
IHSBOB's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (2017-ihsbob shelf)