2024 Battle of the Books List

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 2024 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.

2024 Battle of the Books Selections:

Big Tree By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
$32.99
ISBN: 9781338180633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - April 4th, 2023

Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars By Laurie Wallmark, Brooke Smart (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laurie Wallmark, Brooke Smart (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419739637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

The Great Greene Heist By Varian Johnson Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545525534
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 28th, 2015

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus: Volume 1 By Dusti Bowling Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781454932994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Union Square Kids - March 5th, 2019

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh By Robert C. O'Brien, Zena Bernstein (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Robert C. O'Brien, Zena Bernstein (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689710681
Availability: Not on our shelves, but we can order this for you!
Published: Aladdin - March 1st, 1986

National Parks of the USA By Kate Siber, Chris Turnham (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate Siber, Chris Turnham (Illustrator)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781847809766
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wide Eyed Editions - July 3rd, 2018

New Kid: A Newbery Award Winner By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody By Matthew Landis Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780735227996
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - September 17th, 2019

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes By Langston Hughes, David Roessel (Editor), Arnold Rampersad (Editor) Cover Image
$18.99
Likely unavailable -- email or call for more information
ISBN: 9781454943754
Published: Union Square Kids - July 20th, 2021

Science Comics: Electricity: Energy in Action By Andy Hirsch Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250265852
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - May 23rd, 2023

The Umbrella Maker's Son By Katrina Leno Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316470872
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 27th, 2023

When You Trap a Tiger: (Newbery Medal Winner) By Tae Keller Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781524715731
Availability: Not on our shelves, but we can order this for you!
Published: Yearling - January 3rd, 2023