Battle of the Books


Battle of the Books challenges students grades four through six to become familiar with literature. Comprehension and retention are put to the test in a Jeopardy-style battle. Area schools create their own teams and gather at the library to compete in a five week battle on questions derived from twenty selected books. Battle books are chosen by Eisenhower librarians, Battle Coaches, and participating students.

If you are a student in grade four through six and would like to participate in Battle of the Books, please see your school’s Battle Coach to sign up. Need help contacting your coach? Call Kids World at 708-867-2298.

The 2022-2023 Battle Schedule

Schedule to be determined

Watch this page or the Kids World Blog for updated notices and posts regarding the Battle season.

Reading Requirements

Each member of the team must read the minimum number of books based on their grade level to participate in Battle. There are 20 books on the list, so team members are encouraged to read more than the minimum.

  • 4th Grade = six books minimum
  • 5th Grade = seven books minimum
  • 6th Grade = eight books minimum

2022-2023 Books


Returning Titles

Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

Elvin Link, Please Report to the Principal’s Office!

Elvin Link, Please Report to the Principal’s Office! by Drew Dernavich
A penchant for doodling often lands fifth-grader Elvin Link in the principal’s office, but also helps with crime-solving and standing up to bullies.

Power Up

Power Up by Sam Nisson
Miles and Rhys know each other only as Gryphon and Backslash, and in the video game Mecha Melee they’re an unstoppable team. They’re the best friends they’ve got, online or in the real world, and they don’t even realize they go to the same middle school. But real-life wrongdoing blasts their duo into a crater the size of Arcticon. With life online and off a complete mess and BattleCon–and the Every Game Ever tournament–just weeks away, can the boys play their way back to each other? Graphic Novel.

The Nerviest Girl in the World

Stargazing by Jen Wang
Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness. Graphic Novel.

Kids Choice

Holes by Louis Sachar book cover

Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnat’s family has a history of bad luck, so he isn’t too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys’ juvenile detention center, Camp Green Lake. There is no lake – it has been dry for over a hundred years – and it’s hardly a camp. As punishment, the boys must each dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across, in the hard earth of the dried-up lake bed. The warden claims that this pointless labor builds character, but she is really using the boys to dig for loot buried by the Wild West outlaw Kissin’ Kate Barlow. The story of Kissin’ Kate, and of a curse put on Stanley’s great-great-grandfather by a one-legged gypsy, weaves a narrative puzzle that tangles and untangles, until it becomes clear that the hand of fate has been at work in the lives of the characters – and their forebears – for generations.

Librarian and Coach’s Choices

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