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Battle of the Books

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BOTB Results - March 2023

BOTB Winners - 2023

3rd Grade

1st Place - Queensbury Elementary

2nd Place - Hartford CSD

3rd Place - SGF Moreau Elementary

4th Place - Hudson Falls Primary

4th Grade

1st Place - Warrensburg Elementary

2nd Place - Schuylerville Elementary

3rd Place - SGF Moreau Elementary

4th Place - Hudson Falls Primary

5th Grade

1st Place - Lake George Elementary

2nd Place - SGF Ballard Elementary

3rd Place - Johnsburg CSD

4th Place - Glens Falls Middle School

6th Grade

1st Place - St. Mary's - St. Alphonsus RCS

2nd Place - Bolton CSD

3rd Place - Warrensburg Elementary

4th Place - (tie) Argyle CSD / Johnsburg CSD

Battle of the Books Rules - 2023

Books to Read by Grade - 2022-2023


We have retired the following titles from the BOTB lists.

River of Dreams

Bird in a Box

Blood on the River


Click on the blue headings below to go to TeachingBooks lists for each grade level!

GRADE 3 TeachingBooks List

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

I Am Helen Keller by Grace Norwich and Mark Elliott

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss

Phineas L. MacGuire ... Erupts! by Frances O'Roark Dowell

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

NEW: Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mylnowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

GRADE 4 TeachingBooks List

The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness

NEW: Ban this Book (a novel) by Alan Gratz   

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

GRADE 5 TeachingBooks List

Breakout by Kate Messner

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin

Elephant Run by Roland Smith

Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

Phineas Gage by John Fleischman

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet

NEW: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

GRADE 6 TeachingBooks List

NEW: All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

Escape!: The Story of The Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World  (by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick, note this is the young readers edition)

The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

New Kid by Jerry Craft

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

New BOTB Titles for 2023