Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is an annual reading competition that encourages quality reading, team spirit and friendly competition. Sponsored by local public libraries in conjunction with the Williamsburg Regional Library, this exciting contest has students in fourth through eighth grades reading and answering questions about books representing a variety of genres of children's literature. Four person teams from participating York County elementary and middle schools compete against each other for the opportunity to represent York County in the regional contest against schools from Newport News, Hampton, Gloucester, Poquoson and Williamsburg.

Congratulations to our 2020 Battle of the Books York County winners: Coventry Elementary School and Tabb Middle School. These teams would have represented York County in the Regional Battle of the Books which was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

2021 Battle of the Books

Follow the book title link to check for availability and to request the title through the library catalog. Most titles are also available in the Library's OverDrive digital collection.

2021 Grades 4-5 Titles

Battle of the Books 2021 List for Grades 4-5 (PDF)

2021 Grades 6-8 Titles

Battle of the Books 2021 List for Grades 6-8 (PDF)

Battle of the Books Practices and Battles

Tabb Library Practices

To Be Determined

Yorktown Library Practices

To Be Determined

School Battles

Individual school battles may be scheduled during February 2021. If you would like the library's Youth Services staff to conduct your school's battle, please call 757-890-5110.

County Battles

Grades 4-5: TBD
Grades 6-8: TBD

Regional Battle

Williamsburg Regional Library
Grades 4-5: TBD
Grades 6-8: TBD