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Embark on your literary journey by joining the Battle of the Books program in Provo City School District. Or, enjoy one of our reads from this year’s Battle of the Books booklist.

What is Battle of the Books?

Elementary and Middle school students read a selection of books and then compete in a friendly team-based competition (also known as battles) based on their book knowledge. The program promotes reading comprehension, teamwork, and a love for literature.

Contact your school’s librarian or media specialist if you’re interested in participating in Battle of the Books or learning more about the program. They can provide more information about how the program works, the booklist for the year, and how to get involved. 

For those already in the know, feel free to get a jump early and start your reading now. Or, for those looking for some fun family reads, peruse this year’s Battle of the Books booklist below.

Happy reading, and good luck battling!

Elementary School, Grades 3-4:

  •  The World According to Humphrey, Betty G. Birney
  • The Sword in the Tree,  Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Dandelions,  Eve Bunting
  • The Enormous Egg, Oliver Butterworth
  • Jake Drake, Bully Buster, Andrew Clements, 
  • Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure, Dan Gutman
  • Dory Fantasmagory, Abby Hanion
  • Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery, Deborah & James Howe
  • Invisible Inkling, Emily Jenkins
  • Orphan Train Girl (young readers edition)Christina Baker Kline
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg
  • Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, Lindsey Mattick
  • Judy Moody Gets Famous!, Megan McDonald
  • The Superlative A. Lincoln, Eileen R. Meyer
  • Dinosaurs Before Dark, Mary Osborne
  • City Spies, James Ponti
  • May B, Caroline Starr Rose
  • How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning, Rosalyn Schanzer
  • Stuart Little, E.B. White
  • Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler, William Wise

Elementary School, 5-6 Grade:

  •  The Secret School, Avi
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Dusti Bowling
  • A Nest for Celeste: a Story About Art Inspiration and the Meaning of Home, Henry Cole
  • The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo
  • Tuesdays at the Castle, Jessica Day George
  • Running Out of Time, Margaret Haddix
  • Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson
  • Slacker, Gordon Korman
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch, & the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
  • Wild Wings, Gill Lewis
  • Shiloh, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Kite Fighters, Linda Park
  • Half Upon a Time #1, James Riley
  • We’re Not from Here, Geoff Rodkey
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Louis Sachar
  • Frozen Stiff, Sherry Shahan
  • The Last Mapmaker, Christina Soontornvat

Middle Schools, 7-8 Grade:

  •  Return to Sender (2010), Julia Alvarez
  • Doll Bones, Holly Black
  • The Midwife’s Apprentice, Karen Cushman
  • The Eyes and the Impossible,  Dave Eggers
  • Mockingbird, Kathryn Erskine
  • Starfish, Lisa Fipps
  • The Skin I’m In,  Sharon Flake
  • Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan,  John Flanagan
  • Alone,  Megan E. Freeman
  • Julie of the Wolves,  Jean Craighead George
  • Everything on a Waffle,  Polly Horvath
  • When Stars are Scattered, Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson
  • The Thing About Luck, Cynthia Kadohata
  • Swindle, Gordon Korman
  • The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, Kristin Levine
  • A Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Park
  • A Long Way from Chicago, Richard Peck
  • The Hired Girl, Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian Football Team, Steve Sheinkin
  • Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli
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