Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books ( is a team-based reading incentive program available to students in grade 4 – 8 that strives to nourish the hearts and minds of children with excellent literature. Participating students read from Bear Creek's designated book list which is a subset of the book list found at the official Battle of the Books site.

All the books on the 2024 book list are available for check out in the libraries. Participants should read as many of the books on the list as possible. Participants will receive a bookmark to use to keep track of the books they have read.

The book lists are also available via the Bear Creek Libraries Catalog Resource Lists (open the Bear Creek Library Catalog and then find "Battle of the Books 2023-2024" on the Resource Lists tab). When viewing the books via the resource list, one can tell whether or not a book is available to check out.

Battle of the Books

2024 Battles

Grades 7 – 8 will conduct a battle on Wednesday, February 7, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Participants will be dismissed from their regular classes at 2:00 p.m. The registration deadline is January 15.

Grades 5 – 6 teams will conduct a battle on Thursday, March 14, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (school is not in session due to parent/teacher conferences). The registration deadline is January 31. In the morning, students will meet to review the rules, design team posters, and receive their first challenge. In the afternoon, the teams will compete by completing multiple rounds of quizzing conducted by a library staff member. The winning team will be announced at the end of the day.

Register online today!


All grade 4 students will participate in Battle of the Books during the school day on either Wednesday, April 10, or Thursday, April 11. Registration is not necessary.

Battle of the Books

Mission of Battle of the Books

We are a values-based organization whose purpose is to nourish the hearts and minds of children with excellent literature. We believe children are a gift from God and should be encouraged and given the opportunity to develop their potential through the discovery of reading.

Our aim is to support students in their love and discovery for reading by introducing them to quality literature, to offer books that build upon historical values and the dignity of life, and to develop friendships between students based upon socialization, competition, and mutual respect.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Katy Steinkraus (