• 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 (virtually and at UNCG) where students answer specific, detailed questions about the books.

    Battle of the Books is open to all students in grades 4 and 5 while at Pilot 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 ask that you read all 16! We are only allowed to have a team of 12 students, so you will have to be working to read and attend our 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

    2024-2025

    Click on the author's name to hear the pronunciation. (as available)

    Title

    Author

    eBook

    Audiobook

    Shine on, Luz Veliz!

    Rebecca Balcarcel

                   E

     

    Stella by Starlight Sharon M. Draper

                      E

          A

    Hello, Universe   Erin Entrada Kelly

     

     

    Yusuf Azeem is not a Hero   Saadia Faruqi

     

           A

    Ban this Book   Alan Gratz

             

       A

    The Fourteenth Goldfish   Jennifer L. Holm

                  E

       A

    Shouting at the Rain   Lynda Mullaly Hunt

                      E

           A

    The Parker Inheritance   Varian Johnson

          E

    A

    Chester Keene Cracks the Code   Kekla Magoon

         E

    A

    From the Desk of Zoe Washington   Janae Marks

         E 

          A
    Rain Reign  Ann M. Martin

     

     
    Merci Suarez Changes Gears   Meg Medina

         E 

     
    **At the Bottom of the World  * Bill Nye & Gregory Mone

         E

        A
    *The Lost Library  Rebecca Stead & Wendy Mass

     

     
    Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy Angie Thomas    
    Save Me a Seat  Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan               E     A

                                      *Student choice selection 

                                     **Jack and the Geniuses - Book 1