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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.

More information can be found at: 

Alaska Battle of the Books


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Kindergarten Books


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Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock - Eric A. Kimmel (Retold by); Janet Stevens (Illustrator)
Call Number: E 398.2452 KIMMEL
ISBN: 9780823407989
Publication Date: 1988-01-01

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Can You Say Peace? - Karen Katz (Illustrator)
Call Number: E KATZ
ISBN: 9781250073211
Publication Date: 2016-02-02

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My Teacher's Secret Life - Stephen Krensky; JoAnn Adinolfi (Illustrator)
Call Number: E KRENSKY
ISBN: 9780689829826
Publication Date: 1999-09-01

Alaska's Animals, You and I - Shannon Cartwright
Call Number: -
Publication Date: 2016


First Grade Books




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Don't Throw It to Mo! - David A. Adler; Sam Ricks (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-BEG ADLER
ISBN: 9780448480091
Publication Date: 2016-05-03

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If I Built a Car - Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
Call Number: E VAN-DUS
ISBN: 9780142408254
Publication Date: 2007-06-14

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Interrupting Chicken - David Ezra Stein (Illustrator)
Call Number: E STEIN
ISBN: 9780763689032
Publication Date: 2016-07-11

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Strega Nona - Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
Call Number: E DE-PAOL
ISBN: 9780671666064
Publication Date: 1979-09-03


Second Grade Books

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Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares - Frank Murphy; Richard Walz (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-BEG MURPHY
ISBN: 9780375806216
Publication Date: 2001-02-27

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Inspector Flytrap - Tom Angleberger; Cece Bell (Illustrator)
Call Number: J ANGLEBE
ISBN: 9781419709654
Publication Date: 2016-08-02

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Two Good Friends - Kate McMullan; R. W. Alley (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-BEG MCMULLA
ISBN: 9780448456904
Publication Date: 2011-09-01

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The Seasons of Little Wolf - Jonathan London; Jon Van Zyle (Illustrator)
Call Number: E-N LONDON
ISBN: 9781941821749
Publication Date: 2016-02-02


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

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Dogsledding and Extreme Sports - Mary Pope Osborne; Natalie Pope Boyce; Carlo Molinari (Illustrator)
Call Number: J-N 798.83 OSBORNE
ISBN: 9780385386449
Publication Date: 2016-01-05

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Freckle Juice - Judy Blume; Sonia Lisker (Illustrator); Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Illustrator)
Call Number: J BLUME
ISBN: 9781481411028
Publication Date: 2014-05-27

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The Magic Half - Annie Barrows
Call Number: J BARROWS
ISBN: 9781619636255
Publication Date: 2014-09-16

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Marty McGuire - Kate Messner; Brian Floca (Illustrator)
Call Number: J MESSNER
ISBN: 9780545142465
Publication Date: 2011-05-01

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Ms. Rapscott's Girls - Elise Primavera
Call Number: J PRIMAVE
ISBN: 9780142425619
Publication Date: 2016-09-13

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One Dead Spy - Nathan Hale
Call Number: J 741.5973 HALE
ISBN: 9781419703966
Publication Date: 2012-08-01

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Rise of the Balloon Goons - Troy Cummings
Call Number: J CUMMINGS
ISBN: 9780545493239
Publication Date: 2013-06-25

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The Sasquatch Escape - Suzanne Selfors; Dan Santat (Illustrator)
Call Number: J SELFORS
ISBN: 9780316225694
Publication Date: 2014-01-07

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Sugar - Jewell Parker Rhodes
Call Number: J RHODES
ISBN: 9780316043069
Publication Date: 2014-06-03

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Tornado - Betsy Byars; Doron Ben-Ami (Illustrator)
Call Number: J BYARS
ISBN: 9780064420631
Publication Date: 2004-12-28

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer - Kelly Jones; Katie Kath (Illustrator)
Call Number: J JONES
ISBN: 9780385755559
Publication Date: 2016-03-08

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Where Is the Great Barrier Reef? - Nico Medina; John Hinderliter (Illustrator)
Call Number: J 578.77 MEDINA
ISBN: 9780448486994
Publication Date: 2016-09-06


Fifth and Sixth Grade Books

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Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 1 - Zack Zombie
ISBN: 9780986444135
Publication Date: 2015-02-02

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Do Not Pass Go - Kirkpatrick Hill
Call Number: J-N HILL
ISBN: 9781442421226
Publication Date: 2011-07-12

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Dragon Slippers - Jessica Day George
Call Number: J GEORGE
ISBN: 9781599902753
Publication Date: 2008-05-01

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The Golden Goblet - Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Call Number: J MCGRAW
ISBN: 9780140303353
Publication Date: 1986-05-06

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Gregor - The Overlander - Suzanne Collins
Call Number: J COLLINS
ISBN: 9780439678131
Publication Date: 2004-08-01

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Immigrant Kids - Russell Freedman; National Geographic Learning Staff
Call Number: J 305.23 FREEDMA
ISBN: 9780140375947
Publication Date: 2012-03-18

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Keeper of the Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger
Call Number: J MESSENG
ISBN: 9781442445949
Publication Date: 2013-08-06

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The Menagerie - Tui T. Sutherland; Kari H. Sutherland
Call Number: J SUTHERL
ISBN: 9780060780661
Publication Date: 2014-03-11

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No Talking - Andrew Clements; Mark Elliott (Illustrator)
Call Number: J CLEMENT
ISBN: 9781416909842
Publication Date: 2009-06-23

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Rules - Cynthia Lord
Call Number: J LORD
ISBN: 9780439443838
Publication Date: 2008-09-01

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The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other) - Geoff Rodkey
Call Number: J RODKEY
ISBN: 9780316315975
Publication Date: 2016-05-03

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What Was the March on Washington? - Kathleen Krull; Tim Tomkinson (Illustrator)
Call Number: J 323.1196073 KRULL
ISBN: 9780448462875
Publication Date: 2013-02-07



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.


Middle School Books

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Awkward - Svetlana Chmakova
Call Number: J 741.5973 CHMAKOV
ISBN: 9780316381307
Publication Date: 2015-07-21

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Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 9780147515827
Publication Date: 2016-10-11

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Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson
Call Number: Y ANDERSO
ISBN: 9781416905868
Publication Date: 2010-01-05

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Fast Break - Mike Lupica
Call Number: J LUPICA
ISBN: 9781101997833
Publication Date: 2016-08-23

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I Lived on Butterfly Hill - Marjorie Agosín; Lee White (Illustrator)
Call Number: J AGOSIN
ISBN: 9781416994022
Publication Date: 2015-02-10

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The Iron Trial - Holly Black; Cassandra Clare
Call Number: J BLACK
ISBN: 9780545522267
Publication Date: 2015-07-28

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Ruby on the Outside - Nora Raleigh Baskin
Call Number: J BASKIN
ISBN: 9781442485044
Publication Date: 2016-06-14

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Secondhand Summer - Dan Walker
Call Number: J WALKER
ISBN: 9781943328420
Publication Date: 2016-06-07

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Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
Call Number: J HOROWIT
ISBN: 9780142406113
Publication Date: 2006-02-16

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The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
Call Number: Y TURNER
ISBN: 9780062642967
Publication Date: 2017-02-28


High School Books

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1984 - George Orwell; Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
Call Number: ORWELL
ISBN: 9780451524935
Publication Date: 1950-07-01

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Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
ISBN: 9780553496673
Publication Date: 2017-03-07

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The Eye of Minds - James Dashner
Call Number: Y DASHNER
ISBN: 9780385741408
Publication Date: 2014-07-22

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Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
Call Number: 510.9252 LEE-SHE
ISBN: 9780062363602
Publication Date: 2016-12-06

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Monument 14 - Emmy Laybourne
Call Number: Y LAYBOUR
ISBN: 9781250027382
Publication Date: 2013-05-28

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Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
Call Number: Y AVEYARD
ISBN: 9780062310644
Publication Date: 2016-06-07

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The Smell of Other People's Houses - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Call Number: Y HITCHCO
ISBN: 9780553497816
Publication Date: 2017-02-21

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These Shallow Graves - Jennifer Donnelly
Call Number: Y DONNELL
ISBN: 9780385737661
Publication Date: 2016-10-25

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Ties That Bind, Ties That Break - Lensey Namioka
Call Number: Y NAMIOKA
ISBN: 9780440415992
Publication Date: 2000-11-14

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Zero Day - Jan Gangsei
Call Number: Y GANGSEI
ISBN: 9781484725481
Publication Date: 2016-12-06


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