Battle of the Books

Check out our new program just for Fourth Graders:


Team Registration Form (PDF Download)




Contact Mary Cowles, Head of Children’s Services (810) 664-6971 ext. 3210

Battle of the Books FAQs

The Battle of the Books is a program designed to encourage reading for fun outside the classroom. Team members read from a list of books selected by the Children’s Department of the Lapeer District Library. At the tournament, they will compete with other teams of 4-6 by answering questions based on the books for a chance for their team name to be engraved on the big trophy. The trophy will be on display at the Marguerite deAngeli (main branch) of the Lapeer District Library for years to come. There will also be an award for best team costume and the best team name.

Fourth grade students must live in Lapeer County or have a LAPEER DISTRICT LIBRARY CARD to be eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books. If you need help applying for a card, please contact the library. Participants should organize their own teams and submit a registration form to the library. Teams may be made up of students from different schools if they so choose. Each team should consist of 4-6 members, and 1 adult team manager. All team members will participate in the competition. A student may only be on one team.

Registration forms will be available at the Lapeer District Library and at elementary schools in the area. The forms should be returned to the Lapeer District Library as soon as possible. Space is limited! Friday, February 14th, 2020 by 5:00pm. Each team member may check out 1 book at a time with their library card. Books will be available behind the Children’s Desk at the main branch (deAngeli). A smaller number of books will be kept at Lapeer District Library Branches.

Teams participating in the “BATTLE” will report at 6:30 PM at the Lapeer High School Auditorium on Tuesday, April 28th 2020. The Tournament will start at 7PM. Each team will be seated in a circle. After the moderator reads a question, each team will have a moment to quietly discuss and decide upon the answer to the question. The team will write their answer on the paper provided. Answers must be complete and specific. The adult team manager will pass the team’s answer to the judge’s table. 4 points are awarded for the correct response and 1 point is given if the team writes the author’s last name (of the book in the question); spelling counts for the author’s last name ONLY. The correct answer will be revealed by the moderator after all team’s answers are collected at the judge’s table. If time allows, there will be approximately 25 questions. If there is a tie, here will be harder tie-breaker questions. An award will be given to the team with the most points, the team with the “best” name, and the team with the “best” costume. We encourage teams to dress up in themed costumes for the evening of the Battle, but please do not wear anything that has the book author’s names on them. Themes can be determined by the team and can be book related or non-book related.

Kookys N Cream gift certificate to the winners of Best Team Name and Best Team Costume!

Example Question: In the book, Riding Freedom, what did Charlotte hold onto so tightly as a baby that the Old Doctor had to cut it off just above her grip?

Example Answer: A horse’s rein. Author: Muñoz Ryan

The adult team manager may be a parent, teacher, relative or anyone over the age of 18 who will serve as the contact person between the team and the Lapeer District Library. The team manager is responsible for helping to fill out and return the registration form to the library, keeping the team members motivated, and keeping contact with the parents or caregivers of the team members. A team manager might also help arrange meetings where the team can practice or make their costumes. Team managers will also assist during the tournament by walking a team’s answer sheet to the judge's table. Team managers cannot help answer questions during the tournament. 

Sign up Deadline: Friday, February 14th, 2020 by 5:00pm
Battle of the Books: Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 at 7:00pm* @ The Lapeer High School Auditorium *teams and team managers please arrive by 6:30pm