Getting Started

For Book Battle Participants

Before you can be eligible to participate in the regional battle, your team must compete in a local battle, held (usually) at your local public library. If your team wins first place at the local battle, then you'll move forward to the regional battle with other first place teams from the North Country.

Form a team
Any combination of four 4th- 6th graders may form a team and then sign up at their home library. The home library does not have to be the library closest to home, but it should be the library the team uses the most, for example, the library where readers pick up holds or use the space to practice.

Find a coach
Each team must have an adult coach/contact person. This may be a parent, teacher, or another adult that is able to coordinate between the team and the library as well as be present on battle days. A coach is a valuable part of the team and is a necessary part of the competition.

Register your team
Registration for battle teams opens during the late winter/early spring, sometimes as early as February (check with your local library for details). Students cannot be signed up without their permission. (In other words, don't sign up your friends without asking them first!) You must choose a name for your team. Be as creative as you would like, but remember, team names cannot contain any titles or authors. 

Divide the list
Take a look at the title list with your team and decide who is reading each book. You may divide the list however you choose, but try to make sure more than one person is reading each title. 

Start reading!
Grab your books and get started! Remember that additional copies are available outside of your local library—contact the library or 
place a hold online. (Don't forget to check for e-books!)

Discuss the titles
Chat with your team mates and coach about the books. Let them know what you liked, what you didn’t like, and any other details that seem important. As you read more titles, quiz each other for practice. This will help you remember the information in the future. Another good way to keep track of what you've read is to take notes. Check out our handy Book Battle Fact Tracker Bookmarks

Rules of Play (2018 revision coming soon!)

Author Pronunciation Guide