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Battle of Books


April 3, 2020

Dear Proctor 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Families,

:: What is Battle of the Books ::

America's Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.

How Does a Student Participate?

This program is voluntary. A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that year's Battle of the Books. Students may count books they have read before. However, they may not count books that they have only seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book!

Does a Student Need to Read All the Books to Participate?

No, students do not need to read all the books, but students are required to read at least half of the books on their grade-level list (6 for 3rd grade and 7 for 4th/5th grade) and fill out a short summary form for each one. Of course the more they read, the more they can help their team!

Where Do the Students Get the Books?

The classroom, Proctor's school library, local libraries.

When Do the Students Read the Books?

Our school battle will be held Spring 2019 date and time TBDour.  The students will have until April to read the books.

What is the "Battle?"

Our "Battle" will be an afternoon tournament or game, like the College Bowl, in which students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book list. The day of the competition the students are assigned to a team and sent to their first round of the "Battle." Over the course of the Battle they engage in three styles of competition – Friendly Family Feud, Relay Style, and Super Challenge – each against a different team. At the end of the afternoon, points are totaled and the two teams with the most points may be invited to a "Grand Battle” with the other teams as their audience. 

All participants will receive a certificate of participation. The top teams will earn a medal and small prize. Last year our Scholastics Book Fair generously donated gift certificates to our participants as well. We are hoping they are able to do the same again this year, encouraging our super readers to read even more!

How Does It Benefit My Child?

The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books and sharing ideas with friends, parents and teachers. It all culminates in a fun day of playing in the "Battle."

Parental Involvement:

We need parent volunteers to act as Readers and Time-Keepers/Scorers/Judges on the day of the Battle.

We also plan to have a series of book clubs in the school library so that the students may get together and talk about the books in the program. More information about these book clubs may be found in the school library.

Below are the book lists for 3rd grade and for 4th/5th grades.  Click HERE for a Printable Version.

These lists are also available on the Proctor PTA website:

4th & 5th Grade Book List:  2019-20



Wanted… Mud Blossom

Betsy Byars

Ralph S. Mouse

Beverly Cleary

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

The Courage Of Sarah Noble

Alice Dalgliesh

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

John Grisham

The Million Dollar Shot

Dan Gutman


A. LaFaye

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Grace Lin

All About Sam

Lois Lowry

Snow Treasure

Marie McSwigan

Hachiko Waits

Leslea Newman

The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

The Best School Year Ever

Barbara Robinson

Each Little Bird That Sings

Deborah Wiles

3rd Grade Book List:  2017-18



Boxcar Children

(the first one in series)

Gertrude Warner

Charlotte’s Web

E. B. White

Freckle Juice

Judy Blume

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl

A Lion to Guard Us

Clyde Robert Bulla

Little House in the Big Woods

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Molly’s Pilgrim

Barbara Cohen

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Richard Atwater

Muggie Maggie

Beverly Cleary

My Father’s Dragon

Ruth Stiles Gannett

Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes

Eleanor Coerr


Betsy Byars


All participants must have a signed permission slip to compete on the day of the Battle. Please return the attached permission slip to your child’s classroom no later than Friday, November 22nd so they can officially begin reading books and join the Battle!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please feel free contact me.

Thanks and we’ll see you at the Battle!

Kathryn Cook