Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books 2017-2018

Battle of the Books Update: The Alaska Association of School Librarians has posted a TENTATIVE list for 2017-2018. Although this list is tentative, NLABC has many of the titles available for reading. In accordance with ASD Policy for Battle of the Books, summaries for the titles on the tentative list are provided for parents. We appreciate that families talk about book selections prior to students reading the titles, and hope our award-winning battlers will gear up early for next year’s competition by reading now!

** AkASL’s TENTATIVE 17-18 Battle of the Books Lists


2017-2018 TENTATIVE Battle Lists - Summaries

3-4 Tentative BOB Summaries 
5-6 BOB TENTATIVE Summaries 17-18 
7-8 BOB Summaries 17-18 TBD
2016-2017 - Find Summaries, Book Trailers, Author Interviews & More
3rd-4th Smore                 5th - 6th Smore               7th - 8th Smore

Battle Of The Books is voluntary AkASL reading program which is endorsed by the Anchorage School District. Students in grades 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 read specific titles and answer questions about the books. "Battles" are held at the school, district, and state levels.


Synopses for the Battle of the Books titles are available for review and can be found in the library and linked above. Everyone is eligible to read the books, but to officially participate in the program, students must have a signed permission slip on file with their building coach. Interested students in grades three through eight can pick up the required reading lists and synopses from Ms. Collins, and permission slips from NL ABC coaches Mr. Shasby (MS), Mrs. Breest (5-6), and Mrs. Burke or Mrs. Kaas (3-4).


Background: What is the Battle of the Books? The Battle of the Books is a statewide Alaskan reading motivational 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.


Students who wish to compete can read and discuss the books, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of not more than four students to correctly answer questions based on the books. Questions always begin with the words "in which book..." and the answer is a title/author from the list. Teams participate at the school level, and the Northern Lights winners will be able to compete at the ASD Tournament(s).


The Alaska Association of School Librarians accepts suggestions for book titles to be included in the Battle lists under the "Coaches' Corner” @

Alaska Association of School Librarians - Battle of the Books Homepage