Battle of the Books 2019-20

Battle of the Books


Battle of the Books
at Rosa Parks Elementary

Battle of the Books is an optional reading opportunity for 4th and 5th grade students to: self select a team, read chosen books and to compete against other teams in the school regarding information from the books. Books used in the Battle of the Books are chosen by the LWSD Elementary Librarians based on current award nominees, professional reviews, and student interest. Each June, the list is posted for the upcoming school year. Students are responsible for creating their teams, signing up with a team, and devising a strategy to read the books. In general, the more members of a team that have read a book, the more likely someone will remember the details of the question. Teams that have done well have read early, read often, and re-read books! Teams participate in a double elimination tournament during lunch recesses. Mr. Anderson moderates all battles. Our championship team then competes with other schools within our district, via a live web chat, in a single elimination tournament. District questions are different than the school battle questions and are more difficult. School Battles begin in early to mid January. District Battles take place in February.

Battle Team sign-ups are taking place right now in the library!

Battle of the Books List:

Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands

Aru Shah and the End of Time
Roshani Chokshi

A Night Divided
Jennifer Nielsen

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Dusti Bowling

Merci Suarez Changes Gears
Meg Medina

Save Me a Seat
Sarah Weeks

Dan Gutterson

Barbara O'Connor

Jason Reynolds

El Deafo 
Cece Bell

Tom Angleberger

The Tapper Twins Go to War with Each Other
Geoff Rodkey

Battle of the Books Rules

  • Teams shall consist of no more than four members, grades 4 - 5.
  • Students may be from different classes.
  • Teams are responsible to check the competition schedule poster on the library window and to be on time to the contests.
  • Each battle consists of 10 questions.
  • Teams are each given the same question. Teams have 30 seconds to discuss the answer.
  • Answers are written on an erasable board, and turned around at the same time.
  • One point is given for each correct answer.
  • If a tie occurs, questions are given until one team answers incorrectly.
  • Battles will not be rescheduled due to student illness or vacations.
  • No spectators until semi-finals.
  • Families are invited to attend only the intra-school competitions.
  • Substitutes for missing team members are not allowed.