Howard County Library System
2014 Battle of the Books : Friday, April 4, 7pm (WINNERS)

Presented by the Josephine B. Scheffenacker Education Trust
Also sponsored by
Friends of Howard County Library, Frank and Yolanda Bruno Fund, Columbia-Patuxent Rotary Club, Howard County Public School System, and M&T Bank.
Battle of the Books

One of the most exciting components of A+ Partners in Education, Battle of the Books gets fifth grade students excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Teams of five students and one adult coach each read the same 15 pre-determined books. Selected by HCLS instructors and HCPSS media specialists, titles include a wide range of reading levels and subjects. Thanks to generous sponsors, all teams receive a set of books. In addition to reading the books, teams choose a team name then dress accordingly.

During the "battle" (a 50-question exam), a moderator asks questions that relate to one of the following: a direct quote from one of the book characters; a statement about something that happens in the book; a passage taken directly from the book; details about an illustration or picture. Winning teams receive prizes.

  • Online registration: October 21 - November 4. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
  • Mandatory coach meetings - November 19 OR November 21, 7pm at MILLER (410-313-7750)
  • Mandatory logistics meetings - February 25 OR February 27, 7pm at MILLER (410.313.7750)
  • Last Day to Change Team Info & Permission Forms Due: February 7, 2014
  • Battle of the Book Contest: Friday, April 4, 7pm at locations to be announced

Each coach and student member of the team must fill out the appropriate two-sided form below to participate in Battle of the Books.
Coach Form
Student Form

Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions, please email Battle of the Books

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