How It Works


Who is eligible to participate in Battle of the Books?

Any fourth or fifth grader attending school or residing in Grand Traverse County or Traverse Area District Library locations can join a Battle of the Books team. Team members can be from any area school or be homeschooled. A team can be composed of students from the same school or from a mix of schools. Be creative! How about Scout friends? Ski buddies? Neighbors?

Each fourth or fifth grader can only be on one team.

Each team must have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 members.


How it works

At the fall kickoff, the official list of Battle of the Books titles is released. Teams of 4-6 members can then register for 48 guaranteed team slots and get a set of the books for free! During Battle season, kids meet with their teammates, have fun sharing the stories they’ve read, and get ready to prove that they are the best experts on these books in the Grand Traverse area.


Teams first test their mettle on Mock Battle Day, then compete against each other the official Oral Battle Day – with four teams advancing to the Battle Semi-Finals and two teams to the Championship. The finale features the awarding of the top prize and an appearance by a well-known children's author.


How to register

Get the word out to fourth and fifth graders you know that you are forming a team! Find 4-6 interested kids. Brainstorm a fun team name and line up a team coach. Click the button below to register.

Register a Reader


Need help forming a team?

Have three kids but need one more? Have a team but no coach? Please email our Team Coordinator with some details on the “missing pieces” of your team, and she will try to help. Email Judy Arnold at