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

  • Team t-shirts.... Team t-shirts are DEFINITELY popular at the Grand Battle (take a look at last year's battle pics on the website). It's so fun to see the creativity ...
    Posted by Read IHSBOB
  • 2016 Book List Announced! We usually announce the next year's titles at the conclusion of the Grand Battle....but we also recognize tight budgets and the time needed to order and receive titles ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2015, 7:54 PM by Read IHSBOB
  • 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
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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.