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.
*At the Bottom of the World
Bill Nye & Gregory Mone
Ban This Book
Blood on the River
The Fourteenth Goldfish
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Merci Suarez Changes Gears Meg Medina The Old Willis Place Mary Downing Hahn The Parker Inheritance Varian Johnson
Runaway Twin Peg Kehret Save Me a Seat Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan Shouting at the Rain Lynda Mullaly Hunt A Snicker of Magic Natalie Lloyd Stella by Starlight Sharon M. Draper
*Jack and the Geniuses - Book 1
**The Missing Series - Book 1