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Battle of the Books



What is the Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books is a reading motivation program.  The goals of the program are to encourage and to recognize students who enjoy reading and to broaden reading interests.

Lists of books are chosen for grades three/four, five, and six.  Students read the books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of four to correctly answer questions based on the books.  The questions used all begin with “In what book…" so that the answer will always be the title of the book. The battle takes place at the end of April.

New lists of books for each level are compiled each year by a committee of teacher-librarians based on the Criteria of Book Selection.

An attempt is made to vary the titles chosen as to the type and difficulty so that readers may encounter a broad range of books.

This program may be done on a classroom, school, or district level.  It is popular with students and has provided new opportunities for academic competition.  Battle of the Books has proven itself to be effective in its specified purpose – to stimulate interest in reading!



Grade 3/4 Battle of the Books Reading List

Upside Down Magic #1 (Upside Down Magic) ~Sarah Mlynowski

Because of Winn-Dixie ~Kate DiCamillo

Dragons in a Bag ~Zeta Elliot

The War With Grandpa ~Robert Kimmel Smith

Anne of Green Gables – Graphic Novel ~Mariah Marsden

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ~Roald Dahl

Frindle ~Andrew Clements

Wishtree ~Katherine Applegate

The Wild Robot ~Peter Brown


Grade 5 Battle of the Books Reading List

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes ~Eleanor Coerr

Save Me a Seat ~Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks

Ungifted ~Gordon Korman

Matilda ~Roald Dahl

Out of My Mind ~Sharon Draper

Inkling ~Kenneth Oppel

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures ~Kate DiCamillo

Misadventures of the Family Fletcher ~Dana Alison Levy

Because of Mr. Terupt ~Rob Buyea

Grade 6 Battle of the Books Reading List

New Kid ~Jerry Craft

The Ranger's Apprentice # 1 (The Ruins of Gorlan) ~John Flanagan

Gracefully Grayson ~Ami Polonsky

Walking Home ~Eric Walters

Stargirl  ~Jerry Spinelli

Fish in a Tree ~Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Hoot ~ Carl Hiaasen

The Nebula Secret #1 (Explorer Academy) ~ Trudi Trueit

The Dragonet Prophecy #1 (Wings of Fire) ~Tui T Sutherland


Thank you,

 Kelly Maxwell, Teacher Librarian

Raymer Elementary​