Battle of the Books 2016

May 25th, 2016

Here it comes…our summer reading enrichment program…Annunciation’s Battle of the Books!

What is it? 
The ‘Battle’ is a collaborative reading competition for students entering 3rd- 8th grade. It is designed to enhance student commitment, team building, reading comprehension, and study skills in a fun, informative manner.

How does it work?
Teams read books from a pre-selected list. The lists vary depending on grade level.  In the fall, teams gather to compete.  Our Competition includes rounds of written questions about the books and matching titles with authors.  Most competition questions begin with the words, "In which book" Correct answers include the title.

Books included on the reading lists have been carefully read by master educators, specializing in reading education. The books are selected for their high interest level, challenging vocabulary, multiple reading levels and appropriate content. The books are purposefully selected to expose students to a variety of genres, quality authors, diverse cultures and historical eras. 

Last year, over 100 of our 3-8th grade students participated.

How does one register?
Students form teams consisting of 1, 2 or 3 members. (NOTE:  Max of 2 for students entering 3rd grade!)

Before registering, please, please, please, talk with your child about being a committed teammate. Every year I have students register and then change their mind.  This leaves his/her teammates in an unfortunate situation. 

Online registration starts May 27 and can be found at:

I’ve registered, now what?
Students read the books over the summer and in the early fall.  The list includes a variety of genres and varying degrees of difficulty. All the books can be found at the Hennepin County Library.  Titles for each grade level can be downloaded here: 3rd grade, 4-5th grades and 6-8th grades

When is the competition?
In October, teams gather for friendly competition to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. The contest is during the school day and there are different competitions based on grade level.  Prizes are awarded for 1st place in the Battle at each competition level.  

Note:  Full participation in BotB fulfills the fall Middle School reading contract for our rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

How do students become better readers?

By reading! 

We are proud to offer this fun, collaborative, engaging opportunity for Annunciation students.

Warning: This event may include crazy, over the top, ice cream sundaes!

Questions:  Contact Anne LaLonde Laux –