Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading competition for elementary students in USD 259. Isely students in 4th and 5th grade are invited to participate.

Sponsors encourage interested students to read books from a specified list of 64 books selected by USD 259 Library Media & Textbook Services. The books are divided into four color-coded lists with 16 titles each. Participants will choose a list of 16 books and be responsible for reading, summarizing and familiarizing themselves with the events, characters, settings, and authors of those books. They will work in groups of four to study and review all 64 books. Students may also read books from the other lists, in addition to their list of 16.

Students will meet with sponsors two to four times per month to be coached and quizzed in preparation for list quizzes, school preliminary matches, and the final district competition.

All students will meet September through December. Sponsors will then form teams who will compete in the school preliminary matches. The winning Isely team will compete against other USD 259 schools at the televised district Battle in January. At the tournament, teams will answer 20 questions covering all the books, providing the correct title and author as their response. They will also prepare an impromptu 3-5 minute book talk.