Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is an annual reading competition that encourages quality reading, team spirit and friendly competition. Sponsored by local public libraries in conjunction with the Williamsburg Regional Library, this exciting contest has students in fourth through eighth grades reading and answering questions about books representing a variety of genres of children's literature. Four person teams from participating York County elementary and middle schools compete against each other for the opportunity to represent York County in the regional contest against schools from Newport News, Hampton, Gloucester, Poquoson and Williamsburg.

Follow the book title link to check for availability and to request the title through the library catalog. Most titles are also available in the Library's OverDrive eCollection.

2020 Grades 4-5 Titles

Battle of the Books 2020 List for Grades 4-5 (PDF)

2020 Grades 6-8 Titles

Battle of the Books 2020 List for Grades 6-8 (PDF)

Battle of the Books Practices and Battles

Tabb Library Practices

Tuesdays:     January 21, 28
Grades 4-5    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29
Grades 6-8    3:30 - 4:30 p.m..
Grades 4-5    4:30 - 5:30 p.m..

Yorktown Library Practices

Thursdays:    January 9, 16, 23, 30
Grades 6-8    3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Grades 4-5    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

School Battles

Individual school battles may be scheduled during February 2020. If you would like the library's Youth Services staff to conduct your school's battle, please call 757-890-5110.

County Battles

Grades 4-5: Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 7 p.m.
                    Coventry Elementary School cafeteria
Grades 6-8: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 7 p.m.
                    Tabb Library meeting room

Congratulations to our 2020 Battle of the Books County winners: Coventry Elementary School and Tabb Middle School. These teams will be representing York County in the Regional Battle of the Books.

Regional Preliminary & Regional Final Battle - POSTPONED

Please Note: In order to help safeguard the health of the community the Williamsburg Regional Library is postponing the Battle of the Books Regional competition that was scheduled for 3/14. The library appreciates your support and will keep you notified of a make-up date.

Williamsburg Regional Library
Grades 4-5: TBD
Grades 6-8: TBD