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!