Battle of the Books

What is Battle of the Books? (BOB)

  • Reading TEAM open to 4th and 5th grade students only
  • Close Reading: recall events of the stories to answer questions
  • Game-style TEAM competition with local schools
  • TEAM members develop collaboration skills for success
  • Individual strengths can and will shine

Interested students should read at least 5 of the books from the list over the summer.  This is not required, but certainly helpful. During the school year students will read more books from the list, discuss, and answer questions in weekly meetings to prepare for the Spring competition.

Books are available for check out during the summer in the school office. Books are also available at your local library or bookstore.  If you’d like to check out books from school this summer, please fill out this Google form to request the book.  It will be available for pick up from the school office.  Please contact Mrs. Renken at for more information.

To check out a book click here: BOB Summer Checkout  

Battle of the Books 2021-2022



Genre / Reading Level

  1. The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild (Young Readers Adaptation only!!)

Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence

Nonfiction / 6.1

  1. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Jonathan Auxier

Fantasy / 4.5

  1. Finding Langston

Lesa Cline-Ransome

Historical Fiction/ 4.0

  1. Everlasting Nora

Marie Miranda Cruz

Realistic Fiction / 4.8

  1. The Saturdays

Elizabeth Enright


  1. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

Karina Yan Glaser

Humor / 5.3

  1. World of Glass: The Art of Dale Chihuly

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan


  1. The Van Gogh Deception

Deron R. Hicks

Mystery / 5.4

  1. Full of Beans

Jennifer L. Holm

Historical Fiction / 3.8

  1. Lifeboat 12

Susan Hood

Novel in Verse/4.0

  1. Over the Moon

Natalie Lloyd

Fantasy / 5.0

  1. Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World

Bill Nye and Gregory Mone

Adventure / 4.7

  1. Tom's Midnight Garden

Edith and Philippa Pearce

Graphic Novel / 3.5

  1. Gamer Army

Trent Reedy

Science Fiction / 6.0

  1. The Adventures of Nanny Piggins

R.A. Spratt

Humor / 6.2

  1. Kid Athletes: Trues Stories of Childhood from Sports Legends

David Stabler


  1. Save Me a Seat

Sarah Weeks

Realistic Fiction / 4.8

  1. Front Desk

Kelly Yang

Realistic Fiction / 4.5