Battle of the Books Blog

Battle Rehearsal

A stack of three thick books with a sword sticking out of the twop of the stack; Reminiscent of "The Sword in the Stone."Ready or not, Battle begins today!

For the unprepared, rest assured. Today's Practice Battle's points do not count towards your official Battle Score. Practice Battle is basically a dress rehearsal. It gives everyone a chance to see how Battle is run and what behavior is expected of each participant. However, that's not to say there the winner of Practice Battle won't get to brag about it for a week.

Battle will begin promptly at 4pm.

10 to 15 minutes before Battle begins, the room will be opened. Please take the elevator up to the 2nd floor's big meeting room. Each team will have a square taped out on the floor. Participants, please sit in the square that has your school's team name in it.

Spectators are welcome to sit in the audience chairs. Please keep an eye out of the chairs marked "RESERVED." They are for the Battle Coaches.

We look forward to seeing everyone on this snowy day!

Unscramble for Review

Here's a last chance to review before Practice Battle on Wednesday.

See if you can unscramble these words taken from It's Raining Cupcakes. Having trouble? Click on the small key button for the solutions.

Of course, unscrambling is only half of the work. How are these words important to the story?

Puzzle Review

Do you have what it takes to complete the entire puzzle?

Fill in the blanks by using the clues listed.The clues from this crossword puzzle come from the following books: Lemonade War, The One and Only Ivan, Hatchet, and Have a Hot Time, Hades.

Good luck!

Can't completely figure it out? Click on the small key button to reveal all of the correct answers.

Wordsearch Review

One week closer to Battle. Try your hand at a Battle Wordsearch

See if you can find the hidden names. When you find a name, click on the first letter and drag the cursor until the entire word is highlighted.

Review Tips: Can you tell what three books these characters come from? How are the characters important to their books?


Make Your Own Word Search

Battle Looms Near

Calendar marking of from 1.14.14 to the first day of battle of the books, 2.5.14There are just a few weeks left before the Practice Battle.

How many books have you read? How well do you remember them?

Battle Tip: Make a chart of the characters of each book you've read. How are they important to the story?


Weclome St. Monica's!

Speech bubble: Glad to have you!St Monica's joins the local schools participating in Battle of the Books.

All teams will converge on Eisenhower Library starting February 5th.

We look forward to seeing all the participants.

Busy reading!

Battle of the Books Nook

Multi Media books display: a black and white nook, a nook color, and a playaway view deviceNot sure which Battle book to read? Make it simpler. Why not checkout all of the books at once?

The Battle of the Books e-reader is available for checkout. Any battle book with an e-book available has been downloaded to the device. All you have to do is select a book to read.

The Eisenhower Nooks are available to be checked out for 3 weeks to residents of Harwood Heights and Norridge.

The process is this: All Nooks have a laminated white card listing every book that has been downloaded to the device. If the Nook is available for checkout, its card will located on the counter by the Kids Magazines. Take the card of the Nook you wish to checkout up to Library Services (the Big Desk). They will swap out the card for the Nook device at the checkout counter.

If you do not see the laminated card of a particular Nook, it is because the Nook is currently checked out. The Library Staff can place a hold a the Nook device for you at the Kids Desk.

Find the Battle of the Books Nook in the Library.

New Battle Pages

A Battle participant asked if the "Hall of Past Battles" that was on the old Battle blog can be added to the new Battle webpages.

The answer: Of course!

The Hall of Past Battles can now be found under the Battle of the Books side bar heading.

See how your school's teams have done in previous years. Can your team beat your school's highest score?

If anyone has any other suggestions or requests, feel free to let an Eisenhower Librarian know or talk to your Battle Coach. We'd love to hear your ideas!

The Grimm Ending

Book cover for The Grimm Clonclusion. In a red backdrop, black images of a mountainside castle, two trees, and birds flying stand in relief. Images of a girl and boy are cut out of the black mountain and is centered on the bottomFor those who have read A Tale Dark and Grimm during last year's Battle season, and those who are enjoying its sequel, In a Glass Grimmly, as part of this year's Battle season, rejoice (or be sad). The third and final book in the series is now on the Library shelves and is available for holds to be placed.

In The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz, Sister and brother, Jorinda and Joringel, fight to keep their promise to stay together as they travel through all new darkly gruesome Grimm fairy tales.

Find The Grimm Conclusion in the Library.

Find In a Glass Grimmly in the Library.

Find A Tale Dark & Grimm in the Library.


Battle Schedule

The Battle Schedule for upcoming season has been finalized.

The dates are:

  • Wednesday, February 5th, 4:00pm - Practice Battle
  • Wednesday, February 12th, 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 19th, 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 26th, 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 5th, 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 12th, 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 19th, 4:00pm - Award Ceremony