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 (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 April TBA, 2017.


Recent Announcements

  • Iowa Reading Research Center Blog Did you see us at the Iowa Reading Research Center Blog? http://www.iowareadingresearch.org/blog/iowa-high-school-battle-of-the-books/
    Posted May 17, 2016, 4:59 PM by Read IHSBOB
  • 2016 Grand Battle Pics are now available! Check out our home page for photos from the Grand Battle at Marshalltown High School, April 26, 2016!
    Posted Apr 29, 2016, 3:05 PM by Read IHSBOB
  • Surprise Book added to 2017 Book List It became apparent today that we MUST have 28 books on our list. So, we added Every day by David Levithan! Books lists have been updated.
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 3:20 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.