Battle of the Books

battle of the books

Battle of the Books is a program designed to encourage and reward fourth and fifth grade readers.  Grace A. Dow Librarians choose fifteen books which encompass a variety of interests and introduce students to a wide range of literature.  During Battle season, students discuss the books with their teammates, team manager and other adults, so that reading becomes a shared activity.  While reaping the rewards of reading and team building, the students also discover that they are having a lot of FUN!

The Battle season kicks off on December 15th with the release of the booklist. This is the first day that Battle books will be available for checkout.

After the release, students interested in participating in Battle of the Books must form teams of four to six readers, have an adult team manager, and choose a name for their team.  Team managers should accompany their students to the Battle Briefing on January 11th.   By mid-January, teams must be registered with Youth Services.  Registration is limited to the first 56 teams. The battles begin in early February and conclude with the championship battle in March.  See “Battle of the Books Schedule” for more specific information.

All registered teams will be assigned to a specific location for the First Written Battle. At that time, each team member will receive a T-shirt for participating in the Battle of the Books.  No spectators will be admitted at Written Battles.  Teams will be notified of their scores within three days.  Teams that qualify will move on to the Second Written Battle which will follow the same format.  The top 8 teams from the Second Written Battle will participate in the Oral Battle Day at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. See “Written Battle Guidelines” for more specific information.

On Oral Battle Day each team will participate in three battles at various locations throughout the library.  Four teams will be assigned morning sessions, and four teams will be assigned afternoon sessions.  The team with the highest ranking in the morning will battle the highest ranking afternoon team at the Championship Battle.  See “Oral Battle Day Guidelines” and “Championship Battle Guidelines” for more specific information

The Championship Battle will take place the following weekend in the Library Auditorium with a reception following the Battle.  All registered teams are encouraged to attend and celebrate teamwork and reading!

For additional information, please contact Library Youth Services at 989-837-3466.