Elementary Battle of the Books

  • About the Program

    The "Battle of the Books" is a reading incentive program in elementary, middle school, and high schools across the country. Students are introduced to selected books by librarians and teachers and then begin to read. In Kent, books chosen to read are from the current year's Sasquatch Award-nominated book lists, ensuring students are reading quality literature.

    Students in grades 4-6 comprise the elementary teams, as the reading level of books ranges from third grade through eighth. Teams are created within individual classrooms so that students can meet, touch base, and discuss the books other team members have read. Teams are encouraged to read as many of the selected books as possible. The teams then answer questions, competing to see which team best recalls information from the books.

    At participating schools, grade level teams compete in a preliminary competition against other teams from the same grade level. A winning team represents their grade level at the school's final round of questioning. Winning school teams vie for the title of District Champion in an end-of-year tournament

    Last year, winning teams from KSD elementary schools met to determine the elementary level "literary victors" at the KSD "Battle of the Books" finals. Congratulations to all the participants and to the winning team from Fairwood. This year, elementary schools in the Kent School District are once again taking part in this reading competition and will send a team to the finals!

    2019-2020 School Book List

    Download a bookmark (with AR and IRLA levels) to print and use!

    • Lions & Liars - Beasley
    • Bailey’s Story - Cameron
    • Forever, or a Long, Long Time - Carter
    • Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming - Coates
    • The Only Road -Diaz
    • Real Friends - Hale
    • The Song from Somewhere Else - Harrold
    • The Mighty Odds - Ignatow
    • Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls - McMullan
    • Spirit Hunters - Oh
    • The Goldfish Boy - Thompson
    • Front Desk - Yang

    Download these books or place a hold for free on the King County Library System website.

Past Winners

  • Fairwood Battle of the Books Champions 2019

    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 July 25, 2019