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

  • Online Testing Begins March 1st! The multiple choice and author tests will open on March 1st for the 2015 IHSBOB qualifying rounds!  Testing must be completed by March 15th.  Good luck to all!
    Posted Feb 25, 2015, 5:12 PM by Read IHSBOB
  • The Battle Begins! 94 Teams have registered for this year's battle!  We begin February 15th!  Good luck to all battlers!
    Posted Feb 8, 2015, 3:11 PM by Read IHSBOB
  • Registration Closed! Please see the Battle Teams page for the teams competing this year!
    Posted Feb 5, 2015, 2:31 PM by Read IHSBOB
Showing posts 1 - 3 of 52. View more »


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.