Westside's Battle of the Books

2020 Battle Information

The 2020 Battle of the Books will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Westside Middle School.

Registration will begin October 4th and will run through October 25th.

All 4th–6th graders in Westside Community Schools are invited to participate in the Battle of the Books. Students form teams of 3-5 students and participate in a quiz bowl-style competition. Even though teams may have 5 students, at most 4 students may compete in any round.

Each team must have a team sponsor to accompany them during the competition. Additionally, each team must provide at least one adult volunteer to assist during part of the competition. The Battle of the Books relies upon volunteers to pull off a successful event.

Each team is guaranteed at least 2 rounds of competition. Since this is a team event, individual students do not have to read all the books on the list in order to participate.

For the battle in 2020, we will be using the 2020 Golden Sower nominees.

List of Books for the 2020 Battle

  1. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  2. Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher
  3. I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  4. The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea
  5. The Losers Club by Andrew Clements
  6. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  7. The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
  8. The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi
  9. The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz
  10. Lemons by Melissa Savage

(Click on the author's name for help with its pronunciation.)


All of these books will be available from your school library. The books can also be borrowed from the Omaha Public Library. Visit our list in OPL's card catalog for direct links to all of the books. Many books are available as ebooks, audiobooks, and downloadable audiobooks.

If you would like to purchase books, check out The Bookworm, Half Price Books, Amazon, or Ebay.


Battle of the Books is proudly sponsored by the Westside Community Council.