“Good books shouldn’t be hidden away. They should be read by as many people as many times as possible.”

- Alan Gratz, Ban This Book: A Novel

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 2022 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.

2022 Battle of the Books Selections:

Out of Wonder: Celebrating Poets and Poetry Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781536221947
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - December 7th, 2021

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Cover Image
By Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802853851
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2014

Bud, Not Buddy: (Newbery Medal Winner) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780553494105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Laurel Leaf - September 14th, 2004

The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547237657
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - May 4th, 2009

The Beatryce Prophecy Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536213614
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

Ban This Book: A Novel Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780765385581
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Starscape - May 1st, 2018

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689711817
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 1998

Bridge to Terabithia 40th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064401845
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

Beavers (Superpower Field Guide) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780358272571
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - June 23rd, 2020

Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented Cover Image
By Tanya Lee Stone, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781627791687
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 17th, 2018

Ghosts: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545540629
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - September 13th, 2016

Edible Science: Experiments You Can Eat Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781426321115
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: National Geographic Kids - September 8th, 2015