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Ames Pubilc Library's Battle of the Books

Today is 12/19/2018

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What is Battle of the Books?

Students in grades 5 and 6 form teams, read a designated list of books, and come to the Ames Public Library for a final competition. Questions in the competition are based on facts from the books. Students have many months to read and prepare before the battle event in the spring.

Who can participate?

  • 5th graders may compete in the 5th grade battle and 6th graders in the 6th grade battle. Mixed grade level teams must compete in the battle for the highest grade represented on their team.
  • Homeschooled families are encouraged to form grade appropriate teams with other home or public schooled students.
  • Teams consist of four (4) students.

Interested students must have an adult team sponsor who agrees to read all of the books in order to adequately prepare their students for the competition. Each sponsor may be responsible for more than one team and must be present at the competition to help with organization of teams or other necessary tasks. (If sponsoring more than one team, please appoint one adult per team to be in the room with each team the day of the competition.) Sponsors may be parents or teachers.


If possible, each school represented at the competition should provide one adult who has read all of the books, is not already a team sponsor, and is prepared to be a judge if needed. Please include their name and contact information below.


2019 Reading Lists

5th Grade 6th Grade


Competition begins at 4:00pm on the following dates: Please note- these dates have been changed. As of 8-20-18 they are as follows:

              5th Grade: Thursday, March 28, 2019, Ames Public Library

              6th Grade: Thursday, April 4, 2019, Ames Public Library



Please fill out the online registration form.


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