Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a program that encourages quality reading for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students co-sponsored by Gail Borden Public Library, Bartlett Public Library, and Poplar Creek Public Library. Throughout the season, emphasis is placed on the fun of participation, teamwork, and the satisfaction that comes from reading.

Each year, a list of books is prepared, teams are formed, and meets are scheduled. At each meet, teams earn points by answering questions based on the current year's books. Each season consists of 6 rounds, starting in mid-October and ending in mid-March. At the end of each season, we host a Final Event to celebrate and recognize team acheivements and host an author or illustrator to give a presentation to the teams.

For more information on participation and requirements, please check back for our Guidelines and Rules page, which will be linked here in mid-September. For information about how books are selected, please see our Title Selection Policy.


Book List 2024-2025 (printable PDF)


Gail Borden Library owns print copies of every book on the list. Some titles are also available as Playaways, books on CD, ebooks, or downloadable audiobooks. Additionally, some titles are available in Spanish. To see which formats and languages are available and to place holds on individual titles, click the links below.

Fiction Titles at Gail Borden

Nonfiction at Gail Borden

Picture Books at Gail Borden


Scores 2023-2024

Looking for more great books? Click on the links below to see the titles Battle of the Books competitors read in each of the past ten years!



Cover images from 2010-2011 Battle of the Books


Book covers from 2011-2012 Battle of the Books title list


Cover images from 2012-2013 Battle of the Books


Book covers from 2013-2014 Battle of the Books title list


Cover images from 2014-2015 Battle of the Books


Book covers from 2015-2016 Battle of the Books title list


Cover images from 2016-2017 Battle of the Books


Book covers from 2017-2018 Battle of the Books title list


Cover images from 2018-2019 Battle of the Books


Book covers from 2019-2020 Battle of the Books title list