Elementary Battle of the Books

  • 2023-2024 Battle of the Books Poster
    About the Program

    “Battle of the Books” events are reading incentive programs held in schools across the country. Students are introduced to selected books by librarians and teachers and then read the books to prepare for the competition. In Kent, books are selected from recent award nominees and reading lists, ensuring students are reading quality literature.

    KSD’s Battle of the Books program is open to all students in 4th and 5th grade, and students form teams of between 2 and 4 members. Teams are created within individual classrooms so that students can easily meet and discuss the books with their other team members. Teams are encouraged to read as many of the selected books as possible but allows teams to divide up the books however they see fit. Students may begin reading books from the Battle of the Books list as early as they would like so that each team is ready for the competition which begins in May each year.

    At the Battle of the Books competition, teams are asked a series of questions about each of the books on the list, competing to see which team recalls the most information from the books. The competition is broken up into 4 distinct rounds which happen over the last 4 weeks of May. The first round is the classroom competition where teams compete against other teams within their own class. The second round is the grade-level competition where the winning team from each class competes against the winners from the other classes in their grade. The third round is the school-wide competition where the winning 4th grade team and 5th grade team face off to crown the school champions for the year. The final round is the district competition where the top team from each elementary vies for the title of District Champion.

    Final Round Event

    We are excited to announce that the final round of Battle of the Books will be held on Thursday June 8th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Elementary students from across the district will face off in a fully remote district competition being hosted and streamed live in Microsoft Teams. The teams from each school will participate from their building, answering questions about the 10 Battle of the Books titles that they’ve been reading and preparing for all year long.

    If you would like to join us for this momentous occasion, you can watch the event live by going to this link on June 8th (1:30-3:00). If you miss the live event, you can use that same link to watch the recording of the whole production afterward. Thank you for supporting your readers!

    2023-2024 BotB Book List

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        • Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom by Matthew Swanson
        • Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster
        • The Guardian Test by Christina Soontornvat
        • Haven : A Small Cat’s Big Adventure by Megan Wagner Lloyd
        • I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
        • Lost in the Mushroom Maze by Ben Costa
        • Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee
        • Play Like a Girl : A Graphic Memoir by Misty Wilson
        • Serafina and the Black Cloak : The Graphic Novel by Michael Moreci
        • Starfish by Lisa Fipps

    Get the BotB books from the King County Library System or
    You can search for the BotB books in your school’s library catalog

Past Winners

  • BotB winners 2021-2022

    2023: Panther Lake (of 28 schools)

    2022: Horizon (of 29 schools)

    2019: Fairwood (of 26 schools)

    2018: Sunrise (of 26 schools)

    2017: Ridgewood (of 28 schools)

    2016: Covington (of 29 schools)

    2015: Grass Lake (of 28 schools)

    2014: Horizon (of 24 schools)

    2013: Ridgewood (of 24 schools)

    2012: Grass Lake (of 24 schools)

    2011: Grass Lake (of 20 schools)

    2010: Glenridge (of 27 schools)

    2009: Soos Creek (of 28 schools)

    2008: Ridgewood (of 28 schools)

    2007: Lake Youngs (of 28 schools)

    2006: Emerald Park (of 28 schools)

    2005: Sawyer Woods (of 25 schools)

    2004: Emerald Park (of 19 schools)

    2003: Meridian (of 10 schools)

    2002: Grass Lake (of 3 schools)

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Last Modified on June 21, 2023