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Battle of the Books

Above: The DB 2023 High School Battle of the Books team, the Bosco Bibliophiles was one of sixteen teams who advanced to the Grand Battle of the Books in Marshalltown. Over 40 teams competed in the qualifying round.


Elementary and Middle School Teams

Battle of the Books is a collaborative reading competition for strong readers at the upper elementary and middle school levels. It is designed to enhance student commitment, team building, reading comprehension, and study skills in a fun, informative manner. Teams of up to six students read from a pre-selected list of books.

Books included on the reading lists are carefully selected and chosen for their high-interest level, challenging vocabulary, and multiple reading levels. The books are purposefully selected to expose students to a variety of genres, quality authors, diverse cultures, and historical eras.

The 2023 Battle of the Books was a virtual event hosted by Central Rivers AEA on April 13th (Elementary) and April 14th (Middle School). 


High School Team (Mrs. Rottink, Advisor)

The Iowa High School Battle of the Books is a contest for 9th-12th graders across the state. Student teams work together to read a list of 28 books. For 2023, teams competed in a qualifying round, held online from March 20–31, 2023, followed by an in-person Grand Battle in Marshalltown on April 26, 2023, for the top sixteen teams.