Battle of the Books

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The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the middle school level. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base.


North Carolina's Battle of the Books can be traced back to a public radio program Chicago in the 1940s originated by Ruth Harshaw. Librarians exposed to the original show reconstructed the game to encourage reading today.

The North Carolina Association of School Librarians assumed sponsorship of Battle of the Books in 1991. In 2000, the North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) became a sponsor of Battle of the Books, and independent schools became a region for competition.

For more information on the books, visit the EWM BoB site.
To see the books list for 2020, click here.
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