Battle of the Books


We are happy to announce our Fifth Annual Battle of the Books competition. The Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. The purpose is to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing against their peers

Frequently Asked Questions

When does this competition (The Battle) take place? The Battle competition will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm in the Middle School Gymnasium

How does a student participate? Students participate by forming their own teams of 4-5 students and reading books from the current Mark Twain Award List. 

When does the competition start? Students have been reading the books since the beginning of school. They may form their own teams as soon as they turn in their signed permission slip. 

What does it cost to participate? Nothing! This is absolutely free to students. 

How does this benefit me? The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books, sharing them with friends, and participating in teamwork. 

How will the teams be formed? Once students return their signed permission slips, they may form their own teams. Students may form teams of four to five players. However, the team may only consist of students in grades 4-6. The team may be a group of one grade level or mixed between the three. The students will also have to choose their own team name. Team names must be approved by the school librarian.

What is “The Battle”? A typical “Battle” is a tournament or game in which student teams earn points by answering questions about the books they have read. The students play several rounds and the team with the most points wins. 

What books will I read? The books for this year’s Battle of the Books are from the Mark Twain Award nominees list. They are:

Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by  Brenda Woods

Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt

The Memory Keeper by Jennifer Camiccia

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Shine! by JJ and Chris Grabenstein

Shouting at the Rain by Linda Mullaly Hunt

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen by Niki Lenz

The Bridge Home by Pandma Ventkatraman

White Bird: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio

Charlie Thorne & the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs

Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught