Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books challenges students grades four through six to become familiar with literature. Comprehension and retention are put to the test in a Jeopardy-style battle. Area schools create their own teams and gather at the library to compete in a five week battle on questions derived from twenty selected books. Battle books are chosen by Eisenhower librarians, Battle Coaches, and participating students.

If you are a student in grade four through six and would like to participate in Battle of the Books, please see your school’s Battle Coach to sign up.

Watch the Battle Blog for updated notices and posts regarding the Battle season. It is also the place to look for updates on your team’s score during the competition.

The dates for the 2017 Battle Season are as follows:

  • Practice Battle: February 1, 4:00 pm
  • Battle 1: February 8, 4:00 pm
  • Battle 2: February 15, 4:00 pm
  • Battle 3: February 22, 4:00 pm
  • Battle 4: March 1, 4:00 pm
  • Battle 5: March 8, 4:00 pm
  • Award Ceremony (with Special Guest Speaker & Autograph Session): March 15, 4:00 pm

Please meet in the library’s second floor meeting room.

Battle contestants may be required to attend additional team meetings. These dates are set by each school’s Battle Coach and the participants will meet at their school. Please see your Battle Coach regarding any questions about additional team meeting dates.


2017 Books

Returning Titles

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas. Unfortunately, Dorothy finds herself involved in the battle between the magical forces in Oz. First in a series.
Book | eBook


The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brailler
After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg. First in a series.
Book | Author’s Website


Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.
Book | eBook | Author’s Website


Ugly by Robert Hoge
The true story of a boy who was born with a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs, but he refused to let what made him different stand in the way of leading a happy, successful life.
Book | eBook | Author’s Website


Kids Choice

The Watsons’ Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Book | eBook | Author’s Website


Librarian and Coach’s Choice

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.
Book | eBook | Author’s Website


Battle Guidelines

Reading Requirements

Each member of the team must read the minimum number of books based on their grade level to participate in Battle. There are 20 books on the list, so team members are encouraged to read more than the minimum.

  • 4th Grade= six books minimum
  • 5th Grade= seven books minimum
  • 6th Grade= eight books minimum



To sign up to do Battle of the Books, please see your school’s Battle Coach. Each team will be required to pay $25.00 for food. Battle Coaches, please bring this amount by the first Battle.


The Battle Itself

Arrival Time

Battle begins at 4:00pm. Please be in the room at least 10 minutes before the start time.  Anyone who arrives once the Battle has begun will have to wait until the break in order to join their team. We would also like to remind parents of the “No Stopping or Child Pick Up” sign by the Library entrance. Please pull up further into the parking lot to drop off children. This way you will not block traffic behind you.

Seating Arrangement

Each team will have a pre-assigned location. The locations rotate with each Battle, so please look for your team’s spot ahead of time. Ten people can battle at any time. If your team has more than 10 participants, team changes happen during the break only.

If your school has two teams, the players must stay with one team. For example, if you are part of Team Red, you cannot switch to play with Team Blue.

Coaches will have reserved seats in the front row. Coaches should let Library staff know ahead of time if they will need one or two seats reserved.

Answer Pages

Each team area will have a clipboard on which to write your answers. Please choose one team member (the Runner) to bring the answer sheets to the scoring table.

Questions and Point Values

There will be two sets of Jeopardy style questions per Battle followed by a short 10 minute speed round. The value of the question shows you how long your answer should be.

For example, if I say a question is worth one point, then the answer should be one word or letter. If the question is worth two points, then you need at least two words. If it is worth five points, you need five words. You can write more words than you need, but watch the clock. When it buzzes, you cannot write anything more.

In a multiple point value question partial credit will be awarded based on the answer provided.

Snacks and Breaks

We will take a break after the first round, about halfway through the Battle. Snacks and drinks will be provided, but please be careful of spills and garbage. If you run out of time to eat your snack, you can leave it on the snack table with your name on it. There is no eating or drinking during the Battle.


Please notify the Kids World staff about all allergies or food restrictions before the first practice Battle.

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices (such as cell phones or Nintendo games) must be shut off and may not be used during Battle. This includes spectators. Please take all such devices to the lobby outside the Battle room.


If a team member must leave during Battle, please arrange the absence with the coach. Please let us know at the beginning of Battle when you need to leave.


The best thing you can do for your team is to encourage each other. Please avoid negative comments, facial expressions, or gestures against your teammates or against the opposing teams. Penalty points can be awarded for unsportsmanlike behavior. Also be careful of loud talking. Other teams could steal your answers. If your team is too loud, you could be awarded penalty points.


If a team is caught being too noisy or being unsportsmanlike, they will be given a warning (red circle). If staff have to talk that team again, the circle becomes a negative point, and subsequent negative points can be awarded. If five negative points are awarded during the Battle, the team will be disqualified from participating in the rest of the round. Points from previous games are unaffected—that is, no points are deducted from previous rounds.

Time Outs

Coaches will be given TIME OUT cards in order to correct a problem with their team, or permit a student to leave early. Each team has three one-minute T/O’s during a Battle. Coaches, please call “TIME OUT” and wave the card until staff acknowledge you. Please use the card at an appropriate pause: after points have been awarded, not in the middle of the question.


Teams are allowed to issue challenges. For example, if a question is worth 3 points and your team earns only one point, you may challenge the answer for the other two points. If a team wishes to challenge an answer, they must announce the challenge at the time of the question. Don’t wait.

Write on the answer sheet which book/answer you are challenging. If a challenge is accepted, we will review the challenge after the Battle has ended. The following week, we will award points at the beginning of the Battle–if your challenge is successful.

We try to have two staff members present at each Battle who have read all 20 of the Battle books in order to accept or deny challenges. The last Battle cannot have challenges.