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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

For over 30 years, the Park Ridge Public Library has partnered with Park Ridge schools to offer fourth and fifth grade students a chance to test their knowledge of books. 

Each spring, a new list of 60 books is compiled by the Park Ridge Public Library children's librarians for the coming year. Most books stay on the list for two years. Titles cover a wide range of reading interests and abilities.


As soon as the list comes out, students can start reading. During the summer, we host a Battle Boot Camp to discuss books on the list and let kids know how a Battle works. Parents are invited to attend Battle Boot Camp with their children.


In the fall, each school forms its team. Each team has a coach--a school librarian, teacher or parent--who decides the make-up of the team while the Library schedules and hosts the meets. Meets are held on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. The schedule is posted at the Library and sent to each school.


At a meet, four teams choose from questions written by the librarians. Each team tries to answer 15 questions. The answers are always the title and author of the current Battle books. Points are given for correct answers. Up to eight members of a team can play during a meet.


When the season ends, the cumulative scores from all the meets are tallied and the three teams with the highest scores win. The Library hosts a party for all the participants, and ribbons and certificates are awarded.


If you have any questions, please talk to your school librarian or call the Children's Department at (847) 825-4527.

Battle of the Books 2016-2017 Meet Schedule

Check back after summer!

 

Battle Books 2016-2017

Author

Title

Anderson

Angleberger

Avi

Balliett

Bell

Birney

Black

Bowe

Connor

Curtis

Dahl

DiCamillo

DiTerlizzi

Draper

Flake

Gaiman

Grabenstein

Greenwald

Haddix

Holm

Holm

House

Howe

Hunter

Keating

Klages

Klise

Konigsburg

Korman

L'Engle

Lin

Lowry

Mass

Mlynowski

Park

Rawls

Rockwell

Rose

Rowling

Ryan

Sachar

Schlitz

Scieszka

Selden

Selfors

Selfors

Shurtliff

Sloan

Smith

Sonnenblick

Spinelli

St. John

Stead

Tarshis

Telgemeier

Watson

Weeks

White

Wiles

Williams-Garcia

Fever, 1793

Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Don't You Know There's a War On?

Wright 3

El Deafo

World According to Humphrey

Doll Bones

My Last Best Friend

Waiting For Normal

Mightly Miss Malone

BFG

Tale of Despereaux

Field Guide

Out of My Mind

Unstoppable Octobia May

Graveyard Book

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading

Among the Hidden

Fourteenth Goldfish 

Turtle in Paradise

Same Sun Here

Bunnicula

Into the Wild

How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied

Green Glass Sea

Dying to Meet You

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Masterminds

Wrinkle in Time

Year of the Dog

Giver

Jeremy Fink & the Meaning of Life

Fairest of All

A Long Walk to Water

Where the Red Fern Grows

How to Eat Fried Worms

May B.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Esperanza Rising

Sideways Stories From Wayside School

Splendors and Glooms

Knucklehead

Cricket in Times Square

To Catch a Mermaid

Sasquatch Escape

Rump

Counting by 7s

Storm Runners

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie

Crash

White Giraffe

When You Reach Me

I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871

Smile

Stick Dog

Oggie Cooder

Charlotte's Web

Countdown

One Crazy Summer

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