Battle of the Books

  • Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 3, 4 and 5. A battle is a game, like the College Bowl, in which student teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the reading list. School teams compete and then advance to the District competition.
     
     

    WHAT IS THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS?

     
    Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers. A typical "Battle" is a contest, like the College Bowl, in which students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book list. School teams compete and then advance to the District competition.
    • Good sportsmanship must be displayed at all times.
    • Students must form teams of four or less. Each team may want to name an alternate in case of absence. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students may be on the same team.
    • Team registration requires a final team roster, team name, and signed permission slip for each member. Each team must be present at the designated time and place for the elimination round and a playoff round.
    • The announcer will read each question twice.
    • Team captains will simultaneously display their answers to the audience when the music stops.
    • Teams may not challenge the answers and the judge’s decision will be final.
    • Each team has one opportunity to ask a clarifying question during the round. A round will consist of 25 questions based on character, plot, and setting. Tie breaking questions will be based on themes, author, and main idea.
    • Multiple questions may be asked on certain titles while some titles may not have any questions
    • Teams may not use notes. 
     

    reading list

     
     Buddy  M.H. Herlong
     Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World  Elisabeth Rousch
     Fake Mustache  Tom Angleberger
     Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable  Dan Gutman
     Jake and Lily  Jerry Spinelli
     Jinx  Sage Blackwood
     Kizzy Ann Stamps  Jeri Watts
     Map Trap  Andrew Clements
     Mysteries According to Humphrey  Betty Birney
     Red Thread Sisters  Carol Antoniette Peacock
     Rump  Liesl Shurtliff
     The Thing About Luck  Cynthia Kadohata
     The Westing Game  Ellen Raskin
     What Was the Gold Rush  Joan Holub