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 February 4).  

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

  • 2019 Battle Begins! 2019 Registration has closed and information for the Coach's Survey has been sent to teams! Good luck to all!
    Posted Feb 14, 2019, 11:25 AM by Read IHSBOB
  • Registration extended Due to this crazy cold Iowa weather, we've extended the due date for registration! All registrations need to be postmarked no later than February 4, 2019! Stay Warm!!!!!
    Posted Jan 31, 2019, 10:20 AM by Read IHSBOB
  • Destiny Collections Our 2019 book is on Destiny Collection (Search 2019 IHSBOB)!
    Posted Jan 10, 2019, 9:08 AM 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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