Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books Basics

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program in which teams of students read books, write questions, and later answer questions about the books they have read. Students should be working on building their reading comprehension as they read. They will later 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 read.

Why have Battle of the Books?

  • Promotion of literature and libraries
  • Competition with focus on academics 
  • Team Building
  • Recognition of importance of reading 
  • FUN!



  • Assign students to 4 multi-ability teams per classroom
  • Share books with students (you may want to keep track of who has what book using the forms provided)
  • Make sure students turn in their questions as they finish reading a book 
  • Make sure each student reads at least two books 
  • Remind students regularly of their responsibilities 
  • Enjoy your students enthusiasm about the books


  • Read at least two of the books for their grade level 
  • Enjoy the books they read 
  • Write 5 questions after reading each book (form provided) that take the following format “In which book…..” 
  • Learn the Title and Author (first name and last name) of each book 
  • Take care of the books and return them promptly 
  • Work cooperatively with their teammates 
  • Choose a team spokesperson/captain

Library Media Specialist

  • Provide books to the teachers 
  • Organize and order materials 
  • Meet with teachers and students to answer questions 
  • Read books 
  • Prepare questions 
  • Organize and schedule the tournaments 
  • Conduct tournaments 
  • Supervise school team at district competition


3rd Grade Battle of the Books Titles - 2019-2020

Click here to submit your completed questions form after reading each book.

Frindle by Andrew Clements (DRA 40)
He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever...the frindle.

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo (DRA 50)
When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parent's yacht, the Peggy Sue, he struggles to survive on his own. But he soon realizes there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive

Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman (DRA 40)
When Eddie Ball finds out about the Finkles contest-a chance to win a million dollars just by sinking a foul shot at the NBA finals-he realizes it could be the end of his family's troubles but someone is trying to sabotage his million dollar shot.

Girl with 500 Middle Names by Margaret Peterson Haddix (DRA 38)
Janie's parents move to the suburbs so she can go to a better school, but when she discovers that all the other students are richer than she is, she feels out of place--until she realizes that there are more important things than money.

The Battle of Gettysburg, 1853 by Lauren Tarshis (DRA 40)
It's 1863, and Thomas and his little sister, Birdie, have fled the farm where they were born and raised as slaves. Following the North Star, looking for freedom, they soon cross paths with a Union soldier. Everything changes: Corporal Henry Green brings Thomas and Birdie back to his regiment, and suddenly it feels like they've found a new home

World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney (DRA 34)
You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to his classroom escapades, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up-Sayeh.

Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements (DRA 34)
Jake faces the challenge of cooperating with the school bully on a class project.

Tornado by Betsy Byars (DRA 34)
As they wait out a tornado in their storm cellar, a family listens to their farmhand tell stories about the dog that was blown into his life by another tornado when he was a boy.

Ranger in Time: Long Road to Freedom by Kate Messner (DRA 40)
Ranger is a time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training. In this adventure, he goes to a Maryland plantation during the days of American slavery, where he meets a young girl named Sarah.

Notebook of Doom: Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings (DRA 30)
Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters--and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.


4th Grade Battle of the Books Titles - 2019-2020

Click here to submit your completed questions form after reading each book.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (DRA 40)
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling (DRA 30)
A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (DRA 40)
Princess Celie loves Tuesdays at Castle Glower, because every Tuesday the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes a whole new wing, and Celie likes to map the changes to the castle, but when her parents, King and Queen Glower are taken captive, it falls to Celie and her knowledge of the castle to defend their home and save the kingdom.

Wish by Barbara O'Connor (DRA 40)
Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley (DRA 40)
Fifth-grader Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp where he and his terrifying troop mates have just started forging a friendship when the learn a Category 5 hurricane is headed their way.

Stranger Next Door by Peg Kehret (DRA 50)
A clever cat's heroism helps two twelve-year-old boys become friends after their families, one of which is in a witness protection program, move to neighboring houses in Hilltop, Washington.

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead (DRA 40)
Visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy, ten, is reminded of the promise she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature who cannot recall who or what he is.

Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts (DRA 50)
Kizzy Ann Stamps is nervous about starting at a new school that was just integrated, and wonders if she and her dog Shag will be allowed to compete in a herding competition because she is African-American.

Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli (DRA 40)
Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don't have to be a tough guy, a "rat," to be a grown up fourth grader.

I Survived the Eruption of Mount Saint Helens by Lauren Tarshis (DRA 40)
On May 18, 1980, eleven-year-old Jessie Marlowe and her best friends, Eddie and Sam, are in a forest near Mount St. Helens when the months of wondering whether the volcano will erupt are finally answered--all three are badly burned, but it is up to Jessie to protect the boys as best she can and hope that somebody comes to rescue them.

5th Grade Battle of the Books Titles - 2019-2020

Click here to submit your completed questions form after reading each book.

Orphan Train Girl by Christina Baker Kline (DRA 50)
A story about seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer, who is sent to perform community service at elderly Vivian Daly's home in order to avoid juvenile hall and discovers that the two are very much alike, despite the vast age difference.

The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (DRA 50)
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.

Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963: A Novel by Christopher Paul Curtis (DRA 50)
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.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang (DRA 40)
Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.  

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (DRA 60)
"Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read."

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (DRA 50)
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman (DRA 40)
Aiden and Meg Falconer must escape from a juvenile detention center in order to prove their parents innocent of charges which would put them in jail for life.

Restart by Gordon Korman (DRA 50)
Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids--trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?

Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford (DRA 40)
When ten-year-old Newton dresses up as an unusual superhero for Halloween, he decides to keep wearing the costume after the holiday to help save townspeople and eventually his injured brother.

Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements (DRA 50)
 The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.