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Battle of the Books Timeline

Battle of the Books is an extracurricular academic reading activity for fourth and fifth grade students who enjoy reading challenges and competition.  Its purpose is to foster the enjoyment of reading high quality books and to come together in friendly competition answering questions about the books with other students while practicing good “readermanship.”


·       Distribute the BOB booklist to librarians and coaches for summer reading.  Books are available at Kenosha Public Library and Barnes & Noble.


·       Introduce and promote Battle of the Books during the elementary school Open House.

 September - October  

·       Battle of the Books begins!    

·       Release Battle of the Books Tournament information and booklist to interested students.

·       Obtain principal’s approval.

·       Determine coaches (teachers, librarians, staff, parents, college and high school students).

·       Set team meeting dates and times.

·       Arrange an initial introduction meeting for interested students.

·       Send home information, expectations, booklist, and permission slip.


·       Submit Battle of the Books registration on the website and send the $20.00 fee (cash or check) to Christine O'Regan, ESC/IMC 3600 52nd Street Kenosha, WI, 53144 or via KUSD in-district mail.  Make checks out to KUSD Battle of the Books.

 November  – March 

               ·       Hold practice sessions.

·       Work with team (coaches and students) to write questions for Tournament Battles (Questions should focus on story elements (setting, characters, problem, events, and solutions).  See format and instructions on the question submission form.  Submit questions using the online form.  See the calendar for date when questions are due.

·       Develop strategies for Tournament Battles.  See Coaches’ Page on the website for strategies.

·       Read and practice!

·       Conduct mock battles, review rules and scoring.

·       Read and practice!

·       Arrange for transportation to Battle of the Books Tournament.

·       Send home permission slips for the Battle of the Books Tournament.

·       Read and practice

January - March

                ·   Introduce Battle of the Books Poster and Video Contests. (see Book Activities and Resources page for details)

    • Submit contest posters and/or video to Christine O’Regan in the Library Media Office at the Educational Support Center, 3600 52nd Street, Kenosha, WI. 53142  See the calendar for due date.

               ·   Submit Team Membership list online (Up to 10 members - six key players and four alternate players).   See the calendar for due date.

  • April 13, 2018 Battle of the Books Tournament 
    • Battles will start promptly at 3:30pm (3:15pm entry)   
  • Request suggestions for the Battle of the Books booklist.(See the Coaches' Page for suggestion form)

 May – June 

  • Survey Coaches, Team Members, and Parents. (every two years; 2016, 2018, 2020)
  • Create booklist for the next year's Battle of the Books Tournament.
  • Release of the next year's Battle of the Books booklist to librarians and coaches ONLY

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