How It Works
Who is eligible to participate in Battle of the Books?
Any fourth or fifth grader attending school or residing within the boundaries of Grand Traverse County, Traverse City Area Public Schools district, Forest Area Community Schools district, Elk Rapids Public Schools district, Leelanau County, or Benzie County can join a Battle of the Books team.
Team members can be from any area school or be home-schooled.
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
In the fall, team members register and must include the name of their adult coach.
Each team receives a set of the 9 official 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 in Mock Battles, then compete against each other the official Team Battle Day – with twelve teams advancing to the Semi-Finals and two teams to the Championship.
The Championship & All-Team 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! Brainstorm a fun team name and line up a team coach. Click the button below to register.
Need help forming a team?
Need one or two more team members? 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 Megan Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org