How It Works

Who is eligible to participate in Battle of the Books?

Any fourth or fifth grader attending school or residing within the boundaries of Grand Traverse County, Traverse City Area Public Schools district, Forest Area Community Schools district, Elk Rapids Public Schools district, Leelanau County, or Benzie County can join a Battle of the Books team.

Team members can be from any area school or be home-schooled.

A team can be composed of students from the same school or from a mix of schools. Be creative! How about Scout friends? Ski buddies? Neighbors?

Each fourth or fifth grader can only be on one team.

Each team must have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 members.

How it works

In the fall, team members register and must include the name of their adult coach.

Each team receives a set of the 8 official battle books for free!

During battle season, kids meet with their teammates, have fun sharing the stories they’ve read, and get ready to prove that they are the best experts on these books in the Grand Traverse area.

Teams compete in the all-day Tournament – with four events to demonstrate their knowledge of the books and show their team strategy and spirit. The day's finale includes recognition of top-scoring teams and an appearance by a well-known children's author.

How to register

Get the word out to fourth and fifth graders you know that you are forming a team! Brainstorm a fun team name and line up a team coach. Click the button below to register.

Register a Reader

Need help forming a team?

Need one or two more team members? Have a team but no coach? Please email our Team Coordinator with some details on the “missing pieces” of your team, and she will try to help. Email Rachel Lake at