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Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a reading motivation program. New lists of books for each level are selected every year by a committee of librarians and teachers. Teams are formed in schools and by groups of homeschoolers to compete in local and statewide competitions.
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First Grade Books
Second Grade Books
Note about List
This is the TENTATIVE list for the 2017-2018 season. The list will be finalized in August or September 2017.
Third and Fourth Grade Books
Fifth and Sixth Grade Books
The original idea for Battle of the Books came from a radio program sponsored by the Chicago Public Library in the early 1940s. Joanne Kelly, a student participant in the radio show, became a school librarian in Urbana, Illinois and reconstructed her memory of the radio show for use in her library.
About ten years later, another Chicago-area school librarian, Roz Goodman, found her way to Kodiak and brought the Battle of the Books idea with her. She used it in Kodiak, and word of the program spread. In 1983-1984, the first statewide tournament was held via audio-conference. The program continues to grow each year.