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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books List 2019-2020

Learn more about the Battle books and enhance your reading experience with the links below. Watch book trailers, author interviews, and reader video reviews. 

Don't see a trailer you were hoping to find? Or maybe you think you can do better? Make your own book trailer and send me the link. I'll add your masterpiece to the list!




Book Trailer

11 Birthdays Mass   Trailer 
Among the Hidden Haddix   Trailer
City of Ember DuPrau   Trailer
Cricket in Times Square Selden   Trailer
Dactyl Hill Squad Older   Trailer
Ella Enchanted Levine   Trailer
Esperanza Rising Ryan

  Trailer 1

  Trailer 2

Flora + Ulysses DiCamillo   Trailer
Frenemies in the Family Krull   None currently available
Hana's Suitcase Levine   Trailer
Handful of Stars Lord   Trailer
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Bowling 

  Trailer 1

  Trailer 2

Jedi Academy Brown   Trailer
Knucklehead Scieszka   Trailer
Last Kids on Earth Brallier   Trailer
Lawn Boy Paulsen   Trailer
Many Worlds of Albie Bright Edge

  No trailer avialable for Ablie, but 
  Trailer for The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day 
   Also by Christopher Edge

Matilda Dahl   Trailer 
Mission Unstoppable Gutman   Trailer
Moo Creech   Trailer
No Talking Clements   Trailer
Patina Reynolds   Trailer
Real Friends Hale   Trailer
Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Gemeinhart   Trailer
Sideways Stories from Wayside School Sachar   Trailer
Small Spaces Arden   Trailer
Spy School Gibbs

  Trailer 1

  Trailer 2

Tail of Emily Windsnap Kessler   Trailer 
Upside Down Magic Mlynowski   Trailer
Wait Till Helen Comes Hahn   Trailer
Wish O'Connor

  Trailer 1

  Trailer 2

Wishtree Applegate   Trailer 


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 books is compiled by the Park Ridge Public Library children's librarians for the coming year. Titles cover a wide range of reading interests and abilities. Beginning in the 2017-2018 season, the list will consist of 32 books. No books will be carried over from the previous year.

Kids are encouraged to begin reading the books from the Battle booklist as soon as the list comes out. Summer is a great time to read Battle books since they can count for the Summer Reading Club!

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.

Each school forms its own team under the guidance of a coach (a school librarian, teacher or parent) who decides the make-up of the team, schedules practice time, and sets the requirements for being part of that school's team.

The Library schedules and hosts the meets which begin the Thursday after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Meets are held on Monday and Thursday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. and run for three weeks. The schedule is posted on the Library's website and sent to each school.

Meets consist of two rounds of 32 questions (64 total). Points are awarded for correct answers, but there is no penalty for incorrect answers. Every book will only be used once during each round (twice per meet) which allows each team a chance to answer 16 questions.

Four teams face off at each meet with up to four players per team per round allowing for the opportunity for up to 8 players to compete at each meet.

One final meet, The Cupcake Challenge, will be held at the conclusion of the 3 weeks. This will be a WHOLE TEAM challenge where all 8 schools will participate. Questions are of a higher difficulty making use of more obscure plot details and quotes with no character names. Questions are asked to all teams simultaneously. Teams have 1 minute to discuss the question quietly and write their answer on the answer sheet provided. Scores are tallied and added to the cumulative scores from the previous 3 weeks while cupcakes and lemonade are enjoyed.

Final winners are announced at the closing ceremony that afternoon. Ribbons and certificates are awarded at the Cupcake challenge closing ceremony and plaques for 1st - 3rd place are delivered to the winning teams' schools in the weeks following.

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