Battle of the Books

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Get ready, get set….READ! It’s Battle Time…time for your 4th and 5th-grade students to form teams for the annual Battle of the Books competition at the Racine Public Library. This is our 16th year of Battle of the Books!

Battle of the Books is a literature contest for 4th and 5th-grade students in Racine County. Teams comprised of two to four students are asked to read and become knowledgeable about the content from a list of titles selected by Racine Public Library librarians. Teams may be formed with students from the same or different schools. Teams with both 4th and 5th graders are accepted.

Meets are held in a public forum where team members are asked random questions about the books they read. Points are accumulated based on the number of right answers. The team with the highest score among all participating teams is declared the champion.

For more information please contact Anne Callaghan (262.636.9245).

Registration is required. Register your team.  If you have questions about registration, contact Anne Callaghan at anne.callaghan@racinelibrary.info262-636-9245.


Each team is scheduled for one battle.

Battles are generally scheduled on Monday – Saturday in late February through early April. Meets are generally held at the Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St, but may also be scheduled in other locations, such as schools.  Meet date, time and location will be sent to participating teams in early 2017.

Space is available on the registration form to indicate dates the team is not available. If a team is unable to attend a scheduled meet every attempt will be made to reschedule.


Attention 2020 Battle Coaches: If you would like me to visit your team(s) for a practice battle, Please contact me to schedule a time.  I can answer any questions the battlers might have during the practice meet.

Contact Anne Callaghan at, or at 262-636-9245.


Participants should arrive 15 minutes early to check-in and receive table assignments.  Meets last approximately one hour.

Each meet is divided into three rounds. Teams are asked five questions for each of the first two rounds, and three questions for the third. Correct answers are always the title of a book. Points are issued for correct answers(5 pts for the first two rounds; 10 pts. for the third). A bonus point is available in the first two rounds for knowledge of the author’s last name. Questions are read twice after which the team has 20 seconds to answer.


Questions for all three rounds are formatted so that the answer will always be the title of the book. For example, “In which book does a spider save a pig?” Answer: Charlotte’s Web Author: White.

Librarians write approximately 20 questions per title.  With 40 titles on the reading list, meet questions will be selected from a collection of approximately 800. Questions are recycled once all questions have been used.

Teams with the top five scores go into the Winners’ Circle. The Racine Public Library will host a party for all participants, their families, and their coaches at which special recognition of Winners’ Circle teams will be made.

Racine Public Library staff act as meet officials.

Contact Anne at 262.636.9245 or email for more information.

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