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Battle of the Books

What is Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books is a reading competition in which teams of students read books, write summaries and later answer questions about the books they have read. At the end, students will compete as teams, first in their classroom and then among other teams from their grade level, to see who can recall the most about the books they have read!

Why do we have Battle of the Books?

  • Promotion of literature and libraries
  • Introduction of new books and genres
  • Competition with focus on academics
  • Team building 
  • Recognition of importance of reading
  • For FUN!

What are the Student Responsibilities?

  • Read at least two of the books for your grade level (titles will be chosen in your group in a minute)
  • Enjoy the books you read
  • Write a summary after reading each book (using the form provided by the library) 
  • Be familiar with the Title and Author (first name and last name) of each book read
  • Work cooperatively with your teammates
  • Choose a team spokesperson/ captain before the class competition


4th grade

Battle of the Books


5th grade

Battle of the Books



By Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

DRA 40/Lexile 590 


Chocolate Touch

By Patrick Catling

DRA 30/Lexile 550


Dear Levi: Letters from the Overland Trail  

By Elvira Woodruff

DRA 40/ Lexile 770


Because of the Rabbit

By Cynthia Lord

DRA 40/ Lexile 770


Ways to Make Sunshine

By Renee Watson

DRA 34-38


Lions and Liars

By Kate Beasley

DRA 40/ Lexile 720


Stranger Next Door

By Peg Kehret

DRA 50/ Lexile 680


Bad Guys: Book One

By Aaron Blabey 

DRA 34/ Lexile 770


The Wild Robot

By Peter Brown

DRA 40/ Lexile 740



By Barbara O’Connor

DRA 40/ Lexile 850


Among the Hidden

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

DRA 50/Lexile 800


Captain Nobody

By Dean Pitchford

DRA 40/ Lexile 550


City of Ember

By Jeanne DuPrau

DRA 60/ Lexile 550


Front Desk

By Kelly Yang

DRA 40/ Lexile 640


Home of the Brave

By Katherine Applegate

DRA 60


The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

By Stacy McAnulty/Lexile 530


Mission Unstoppable: The Genius Files

By Dan Gutman

DRA 50/ Lexile 730



By Sara Pennypacker

DRA 40-50


Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes 

by Eleanor Coerr

DRA 40/ Lexile 690


Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy 

By Tui Sutherland

DRA 60/ Lexile 740