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.

Congratulations to our 2022 Battle of the Books York County winners: Grafton-Bethel Elementary School and Tabb Middle School. These teams represented York County in the Regional Battle of the Books on March 19 at the Williamsburg Regional Library. Grafton-Bethel won first place in the 4th-5th Grade Division, while Tabb Middle School came in third in the 6th-8th Grade Division.

2023 Battle of the Books

Follow the book title link to check for availability and to request the title through the library catalog (coming soon). Most titles are also available in the Library's OverDrive digital collection.

2023 Grades 4-5 Titles

Battle of the Books 2023 List for Grades 4-5 (PDF)

2023 Grades 6-8 Titles

Battle of the Books 2023 List for Grades 6-8 (PDF)

Battle of the Books Practices and Battles

Tabb Library Practices


School Battles

Tabb Library
Individual school battles may be scheduled during February 2022. If you would like the library's Youth Services staff to conduct your school's battle, please call 757-890-5110.

County Battles

Tabb Library

Regional Battle

Williamsburg Regional Library
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