2023 Battle of the Books List Announced

Battle of the Books gets Chautauqua County fifth-graders excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

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Whether or not you're participating -- check out these great books that have been selected for the 2023 battle!  The list was compiled with 5th graders in mind, and most have a recommended reading age of 8-12 and grade level 3-7.

2023 Battle of the Books Selections:

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook By Leslie Connor Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062333476
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - December 5th, 2017

The Wind in the Willows By Kenneth Grahame, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689713101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - March 31st, 1989

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer By Kelly Jones, Katie Kath (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelly Jones, Katie Kath (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385755559
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - March 8th, 2016

Cast Away: Poems of Our Time By Naomi Shihab Nye Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062907707
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - February 9th, 2021

Mi Casa Is My Home By Laurenne Sala, Zara González Hoang (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536209433
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - August 19th, 2021

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu By Wendy Wan-Long Shang Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545162166
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 1st, 2013

Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition By Margot Lee Shetterly Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062662378
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - November 29th, 2016

Malala's Magic Pencil By Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Malala Yousafzai, Kerascoët (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316319577
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

The Door of No Return By Kwame Alexander Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316441865
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781616207465
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 30th, 2019

The Mushroom Fan Club By Elise Gravel Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781770463226
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - May 8th, 2018

For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson By Peggy Thomas, Laura Jacques (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Peggy Thomas, Laura Jacques (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590787649
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Calkins Creek - November 1st, 2011