Battle of the Books

  • Battle Titles
    Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley
    Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes
    Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
    Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive by Ammi-Joan Paquette
    The First Rule of Punk by Celia Pérez
    The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfor

    Battle Book Covers

    What Is the Battle?
    Battle of the Books is a reading challenge and competition among teams of 4th and 5th graders to correctly answer the most questions about 6 books selected by the Baldwin Public Library. The Battle will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Students may participate by organizing teams of 4 to 6 members. Each team must have one adult team coach. Students are responsible for forming their own teams.  It is not necessary for team members to attend the same school.

    When Does the Battle Start?
    Battle Kick-Off was Monday, November 4, 2019.  The book titles were announced to all 4th and 5th graders in the Beverly Library.  Students may begin reading right away, and titles are available for check out at Beverly and BPL!

    How Can Parents Help?
    Please visit for information about coach responsibilities, team responsibilities, and how to register a team. Registration forms are available online.  Only the coach of a team will be responsible for registering the whole team.

    Important Dates
    Friday, November 4, 2019
    Battle Kick-Off in the Beverly Library during school
    Thursday, December 12, 2019
    Mandatory coaches meeting at Baldwin Public Library
    Team Registration: December 9, 2019-January 3, 2020
    Saturday, February 1, 2020
    Battle Day at Groves High School

    For more information about the Battle of the Books, please click here to view the Important Dates and Rules Brochure.

    Here is a Graphic Organizer Tool that may be helpful for you as you read the Battle books.  It is not required, but some students find it helpful for taking notes.

    Battle Book Talks