How Are the Books Selected for Battle of the Books?

Thoughtful and inclusive are two words that best describe the book selection process.  After the theme for Battle of the Books is announced, school coaches and representatives from Kenosha Unified School District, Carthage College, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and the Kenosha Public Library are asked to recommend books for each genre.  Using a chart to ensure that a variety of quality and appropriate books are placed on the booklist, the selection committee made up of representatives from the partnerships review, research, discuss, and select books for the list using a set criteria.  The criteria is as follows:  theme, documented grade level, reading complexity (easy, at/average, and challenging), interest, gender focus, cultural/ethnic emphasis, format of the book, and if the book is new, enduring, or has been on the list in prior years.  In addition, award winning and recommended books are always considered.  Books are checked for availability in the school and public libraries and for purchase.  During December and January, coaches and librarians can suggest books based on the theme for the next year’s booklist online at the Battle of the Books website.

The theme for Battle of the Books 2018 will be 

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