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 2023 Battle of the Books York County winners: Coventry Elementary School and Tabb Middle School. These teams represented York County in the Regional Battle of the Books on March 18, 2023, at the Williamsburg Regional Library. At the Regional Battle, Coventry Elementary won first place in the 4th-5th Grade Division, while Tabb Middle School came in first in the 6th-8th Grade Division. Congratulations!

2023 Battle of the Books

Search for the book title in the library catalog to check for its availability and to request the title. Most titles are also available in the Library's OverDrive digital collection on the Kids page for grades 4-5 and the Teens page for grades 6-8.

2023 Grades 4-5 Titles

Battle of the Books 2023 List for Grades 4-5 (PDF)

2023 Grades 6-8 Titles

Battle of the Books 2023 List for Grades 6-8 (PDF)

Battle of the Books Practices and Battles

Tabb Library Practices

Visit our Events Calendar to register for Battle of the Books practices at Tabb Library on January 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, and 26. Grades 6-8 practice from 3:30-4:15 p.m., while grades 4-5 practice from 4:15-5 p.m. These practices are for any student participating in York County Public Library's Battle of the Books program. Registration is required.

School Battles

Individual school battles may be scheduled during February 2023. 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 will compete on Tuesday, February 28, at Coventry Elementary School, 200 Owen Davis Blvd, Yorktown, Virginia, 23693.
Grades 6-8 will compete on Thursday, March 2, at Tabb Library, 100 Long Green Blvd, Yorktown, Virginia, 23693.

Regional Battle

Grades 4-5 will compete Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. at Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St., Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185.
Grades 6-8 will compete Saturday, March 18, 1:30 p.m. at Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St., Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185.
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