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 2020 Battle of the Books York County winners: Coventry Elementary School and Tabb Middle School. These teams would have represented York County in the Regional Battle of the Books which was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 Battle of the Books competition was also canceled due to Covid-19.

2022 Battle of the Books

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 digital collection.

2022 Grades 4-5 Titles

Battle of the Books 2022 List for Grades 4-5 (PDF)

2022 Grades 6-8 Titles

Battle of the Books 2022 List for Grades 6-8 (PDF)

Battle of the Books Practices and Battles

Tabb Library Practices

Tuesday, January 11
Thursdays, January 13 & 20
Wednesday, January 26
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 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
Grades 4-5: March 2 at 6:30 p.m.              
Grades 6-8: March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Regional Battle

Williamsburg Regional Library
Grades 4-5: March 19 at 10:30 a.m.
Grades 6-8: March 19 at 1:30 p.m.