Battle of the Books - 4th Grade

Battle of the Books is a reading competition 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 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
  • FUN!


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

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 they 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.