2021 Battle of the Books

In 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Battle of the Books program was revamped in an online format with changes to rules and scoring. All competition events were held online via Zoom. Sixty-three teams signed on to participate. Over 300 kids competed on Team Battle Day with over 80 hours of battle time logged by our volunteers. The Championship Battle & All-Team Finale was held with special guest author Shelley Pearsall. The two finalist teams tied and were declared co-champions after three rounds of tiebreaker questions.

Of the nine book titles, popular choices among the readers were Framed, Things Seen From Above, Out of Left Field, and The Polar Bear Explorers' Club.

Shelley Pearsall, author of Things Seen From Above, shared the inspiration for her book, talked about the work of an author, and took questions live from the readers.


Co-Champion Team: Little Readers in the Big Woods

  • Adeileen V..
  • Agnes W.
  • Juniper G.
  • Madilynn J.
  • Maya Z.
  • Penelope R.

Head Coach Rose Zivkovich

Co-Champion Team: Where the Wild Books Are

  • Annika A.
  • Cailin H.
  • Calvin G.
  • Carissa R.
  • Dalton J.
  • Henry S.

Head Coach Sarah Hadd and Assistant Coach Rachel Sang

Team Awards

  • Most Creative Team Name ~ Book, Line & Sinker
  • Best Slogan ~ The Book Navigators “Surviving the Pandemic Seas One Page at a Time”
  • Most Spirited Team ~ The Booming Books
  • Things Seen From Above Award ~ The Old Fogeys Book Club


Sponsors, Grantors & Partners

Special thanks to Hagerty, Leadstar, eFulfillment Service, Sera and Richard Thompson, Anne and Robert Tucker, Hazelnut Kids,  Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, and Traverse Area District Library.