Battle of the Books 2019

May 28th, 2019

What is the Battle of the Books?

The ‘Battle’ is designed to enhance reading comprehension and breadth of reading in a fun, informative way.  Books included on the reading lists have been carefully read and selected by literacy leaders across the nation. The books are selected for their high interest level, challenging vocabulary, reading levels and appropriate content. The books are purposefully selected to expose students to a variety of genres, quality authors, diverse races/cultures and historical eras.


When does the Battle take place?

Students are invited to start reading as soon as they register.  The actual battle takes place, during the school day, in October.


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.  The Battle 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.


Who can participate?

Students entering 3rd grade can compete on their own or with ONE partner.

Students entering 4th - 8th grades can compete on their own, with ONE or TWO partners.  Teammates do NOT need to be in the same grade but do need to be in the same division (4/5 or 6-8).

Before registering, please, please, please, talk with your child about being a committed teammate.  Every year, students register and then change their mind. This change leaves their partner in a tough spot.


How do students/families register?

Register Online 


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.


Hennepin County Library List (reserve books from these links with a registered Hennepin County Library card)

Entering 3rd

Entering 4th/5th

Entering 6th/7th/8th


Please contact, Library Media Specialist, Megan Stebbins, with any questions or concerns.

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