Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 3-5. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers. Find the Battle Book List here! We will be using the Traditional/Standard 30 Book for Grades 3-5. 

How Does A Student Participate?

A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that year's America's Battle of the Books. Students may count "books" they have read before. However, they cannot count books that they have only seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book. They should keep a summary so they can review this information before their "Battle."

Where Do The Students Get The Books?

Our school library will order copies of each book on the list. Classroom libraries also have copies of the books. For any student that would like to own a copy of one of the books, local book stores usually have a list of the currently titles and a display to stock them. 

When Do The Students Read The Books?

 Our school battle will be held in the Spring. Students will have plenty of time to read the books during the school year.

What Is The "Battle?"

A typical "Battle" is a full day tournament or game, like the College Bowl, in which students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book list. The day begins with a meeting in the cafeteria, a morning snack and directions for the day. Then they are assigned to a team, given a mascot, and sent to their first round of the "Battle." They play several rounds, each against a different team. At the end of the morning, points are totaled and the two teams with the most points are invited to a "Grand Battle" after lunch, with the other teams as their audience.

How Does It Benefit The Child?

The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books, sharing them with friends, parents and teachers, plus a fun day of playing in the "Battle."

For more information, contact Mrs. Thayer, Baywood's Librarian

« Back to Programs