Battle of the Books 2018

Our largest annual event returns this year — bigger and better than ever!

Battle of the Books Titles Announced

The book titles for the 2018 4th & 5th Grade Battle of the Books and the 2018 Middle School Challenge will be announced and available for checkout on Monday, November 6th. Battle team registration will begin online and at the Youth Reference Desk.  The 4th & 5th Grade Battle will be Tuesday, March 13th and the Middle School Challenge is Wednesday, March 14th, 2018.

Battle Kick-Off Meeting

Managers and/or co-managers of Battle teams must attend the kick-off meeting to learn what their duties as a team manager will be over the course of the 16-week Battle preparation.  The Kick – Off Meeting is Monday, December 4th at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room. Don’t forget to take a peek at our Manager’s Booklet to get information on the books and the Battles!

2018 Battle of the Books Titles!

Take a look at our 4th & 5th Grade and Middle School lists to see what we are reading this year.

What is Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books is a program designed to promote the sport of reading for upper elementary and middle school age youth. Children form teams and read six selected books as a team. At a final “battle” teams compete against each other answering questions based on those selected books. There are two Battles, one for 4th and 5th grade teams and another for students in Middle School.  Here’s a video clip to give you an idea of what the Battles are like:

Who can Participate?

All 4th – 8th graders living in or attending school in Southfield or Lathrup Village may participate. Each team must have at least two student members and one adult team manager.

How to Register

Register your team for the 4th and 5th Grade Battle of the Books online, by printing and completing the .pdf form found here, or by registering in person at the Youth Desk of the Library.

Register your team for the Middle School Challenge Battle of the Books by filling out the online form, downloading Middle School Battle Registration paper form to turn in, or completing the registration form in person at the Youth Reference Desk at the Library.

Who is a Team Manager and what do they do?

A team manager is an adult who is responsible for registering the team, attending the Kick-Off Meeting (Monday, December 4th) and the Update Meeting (Monday, February 5th).  Managers are also tasked with notifying the Library of any team changes and ensuring their Team arrives on time for the final Battle!

When and Where Are We Meeting?

Both Battles take place at the Southfield Pavilion; please be there by 6:45 p.m.

What Books Have We Read in the Past?

If you’re interested in reading past Battle of the Books selections, take a look at the 4th & 5th Grade list here and the Middle School list here. The List of 2018 Battle titles for 4th & 5th Graders are here; the List of 2018 Battle titles for Middle Schoolers are here!


Q:  When does Registration begin?

A:  Registration begins Monday, November 6th and ends Monday, January 22nd, 2018.  Space is limited so register early!

Q:  Does each participant have to read all six books?

A:  Nope! That is the beauty of having a team. While the final battle will have questions from all six books, we encourage team members to divvy up the reading. We suggest that each team have at least two members who have read a book.

Q:  Where can I get the books?

A:  From the Southfield Public Library of course! The Library orders many copies of the selected books (as well as audio versions when they are available from publishers). Books are available for 2 week checkouts. You may only checkout two Battle books at a time. You are also welcome to purchase the books.

Q:  Does the Team Manager have to be a parent?

A:  Nope! A Team Manager may be a parent, teacher or other interested adult.

Q:  How does scoring work?

A:  The questioner will give the book title and ask a question from the text. Teams will have 20 seconds to write in the last name of the author and correctly answer the question. Teams that answer both the question and the author correctly will get 5 points; teams that only answer the question correctly will get 4 points; and teams that answer just the author correctly will get 1 point.

Q:  What kinds of questions will be asked?

A:  Here is a sample question:

“Harry Potter receives a letter by owl post inviting him to attend a new school. What is the name of that school?”

To receive all 5 points your team would need to answer the following:  Rowling; Hogwarts

So get your team together, find a Team Manager, register, and get reading!!  Here’s to a great Battle!