• stack of books                       What is Battle of the Books?


    Students across the state read books from a list selected by NCSLMA. In March, Guilford County Schools holds a district-wide competition (at UNCG) where students answer specific, detailed questions about the books. This year, our meetings and competition will be held virtually, so you still need to be reading if you would like to join our team!  Click on the images below to watch a short book trailer about each book on this year's list.

    Battle of the Books is open to all students in grades 4 and 5 while at Simkins Elementary but there are also competitions for middle school and high school. You can begin reading the books now or check back after March for next year's book list for the competition!

    Every media specialist will have different requirements to join the team based on the school you go to, but they all will want you READING the books. We are only allowed to have a team of 12 students, so you will have to be working to read and attend our virtual meetings to be chosen for the team. This is a great time to get started. I have added the elementary list here for you to check out. Find some new things to read this year or check back after March to start reading books for next year....get ready for BOB!

  • NC Elementary Battle of the Books List


    Click on the author names in the book list below to be taken to that author's page and pronunciation.



    Where the Watermelons Grow

    Cindy Baldwin

    Soft Rain        

    Cornelia Cornelissen

    Among the Hidden

    Margaret Peterson Haddix

    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

    Chris Grabenstein

    Turtle in Paradise

    Jennifer L. Holm


    Barbara O'Connor


    Sara Pennypacker

    Kenny & the Dragon

    Tony DiTerlizzi

    Walls Within Walls

    Maureen Sherry


    Rodman Philbrick

     Where the Mountain Meets the Moon 

    Grace Lin

    The Hero Two Doors Down  

    Sharon Robinson

    The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl  

    Stacy McAnulty

    Not If I Can Help It 

    Carolyn Mackler 

    The Very, Very Far North 

    Dan Bar-el