The Battle of the Books is a statewide Alaskan reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians. The goals of the program are to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote academic excellence.
Lists of books are chosen and questions are written for all grade levels by librarians and teachers from across the state. Students in middle school read 12 books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of not more than three students to correctly answer questions based on the books in a "quiz show" format. Questions begin with the words "In which book”...so that the answer will always be a title and an author. Teams may participate at the local, district and state levels of competition.
If you are interested in Battle of the Books, please visit Mr. Ames' webpage.
Meetings are spent discussing books, practicing questions about the books and having practice battles to prepare for the competition. There are 12 competition spots available for the students who demonstrate the strongest knowledge of the books.