Battle of the Books 2023

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Compete in a game show-style reading challenge to read great books, have fun with friends and the chance to win exciting prizes. Create a team of up to five current 5th graders or middle schoolers, register below and read the Battle of the Books titles.

 5th Grade Edition

All team members must be current 5th graders.


Important Dates:

    • Team Registration: Oct. 1, 2022 - Jan. 14, 2023
    • Preliminary Battles: Feb. 1 - 17, 2023
    • Semi-Final Battles: Feb. 27 & 28, 2023
    • Final Battle: March 3, 2023

Book List:

"Across the Desert" by Dusti Bowling
"Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year" by Nina Hamza
"The Land of Roar" by Jenny McLachlan
"The Last Last-Day-of-Summer" by Lamar Giles
"Millionaires for the Month" by Stacy McAnulty
"The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read" by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
"Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear" by Trang Nguyen
"The Secret Garden on 81st Street" by Ivy Noelle Weir
"Stuntboy, in the Meantime" by Jason Reynolds
"The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo

Useful Documents:

BoB Team Manager Tips.pdf

 Middle School (6th - 8th grade)

All team members must be current middle schoolers.


Important Dates:

    • Team Registration: Oct. 1 - Dec. 10, 2022
    • Preliminary Battles: Jan. 10 - 21, 2023
    • Semi-Final Battles: Jan. 24 & 25, 2023
    • Final Battle: Jan. 27, 2023

Book List:

"Black Brother, Black Brother" by Jewell Parker Rhodes
"Efrén Divided" by Ernesto Cisneros
"Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus" by Dusti Bowling
"The Legend of Auntie Po" by Shing Yin Khor
"Nightbooks" by J. A. White

Useful Documents:

BoB: Middle School Edition Team Manager Tips.pdf


​Thanks to the Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library for their continued support of Battle of the Books!

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