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Battle of the Books

The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers. The Battle is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

What is Battle of the Books?

The Battle of the Books is an exciting tournament of reading. Competitors will be assigned to teams. On the day of the Battle, students will answer questions about the books on the reading list to win points for their team.

How Does A Student Participate?
A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that year's America's Battle of the Books. They should keep a summary so they can review this information before the "Battle." There are 30 books on the book list. Students do not need to read all 30 books but they need to read at least 10 books on the list to compete. There is no cost to participate. Sign up sheets will be sent at the beginning of next year.

Where Do The Students Get The Books?
Our school library will have a copy of the books. Redondo Beach public libraries will also have them available. Otherwise, they are available in books stores.

When Do The Students Read The Books?
The school battles will be held in March or April. Therefore, students will have plenty of time to read the books during the summer and school year.

What Is The "Battle?"
Each school will hold its own 4th and 5th Grade Battle on Wednesday, April 2 after school. The students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book list. The winning team from each school will then participate in the Championship Battle to be held on Wednesday, April 16 at 6pm at Lincoln. Beryl’s 3rd Grade Battle will be March 19th after school. There is no Championship Battle for 3rd Grade.

How Does It Benefit The Child?
The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books, sharing them with friends, parents and teachers, plus a fun day of playing in the "Battle."

Want to Volunteer?

Lisa Greene will be our Battle of the Books Chairperson for the 2013-2014 school year. She would like to have a co-chair and volunteers to help organize the school’s battle. Please contact Lisa Greene at if you would like more information or are interested in volunteering in any way. Thanks.