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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading competition for students in 3rd-8th grade. Students read books from the official list, demonstrate their abilities, and test their knowledge of the books they have read in a friendly school competition.
Our DPES Battle of the Books tournament is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 10, 2020


What Books Do I Read?

The official reading lists for each competition consists of 30 books. The list can be found below. Books from the reading list can be found at our school's library for checkout (in limited quantities), the public library, or acquired personally by the students. Students do not need to read all 30 books. In fact, it is discouraged. Read the Summer 2019 tips below for more on reading.


How Do I Join?

Mrs. Watson will not ask until around October for students who are interested in participating. She will then have an informational meeting for interested students to attend and get further information. In the meantime, follow the Summer 2019 tips below.


What Do I Do Now? Summer 2019 Tips...

  • If your child is interested in participating, have them begin reading some of the books that interest them from the list below
  • As they read the book, have them jot down notes about the characters and the main events that are happening
  • Do not read all 30 books! This will be a team activity, and teams will be formed later in the school year. I have found that students who have read a large number of the books individually tend to forget what happened in each story. My suggestion is to read approximately 5-6 from the list
  • I would recommend that your child not form a team yet. Just begin reading on their own until the end of the Fall season. Then, they will begin to form teams based off of suggestions from Mrs. Watson
If you have any more questions about the Battle of the Books, please do not hesitate to contact me!