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School Library System - WSWHE BOCES: Battle of the Books

Information and Resources for School Librarians

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books yellow banner with children reading books

March 13, 2023

SUNY Adirondack

BOTB Results - March 2022

BOTB Winners - 2022

3rd Grade

1st Place - Johnsburg CSD

2nd Place - Queensbury Elementary

3rd Place - St. Mary's-St. Alphonsus

4th Place - Lake George Elementary

4th Grade

1st Place - Lake George Elementary

2nd Place - Johnsburg CSD

3rd Place - Glens Falls Kensington

4th Place - Queensbury Intermediate

5th Grade

1st Place - Lake George Elementary

2nd Place - Queensbury Intermediate

3rd Place - Fort Ann CSD

4th Place - Bolton CSD

6th Grade

1st Place - Queensbury Middle

2nd Place - Johnsburg CSD

3rd Place - Glens Falls Middle

4th Place - (tie) Argyle CSD / Warrensburg Elem

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

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

The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss

I Am Helen Keller by Grace Norwich and Mark Elliott

NEW: Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mylnowski

GRADE 4 TeachingBooks List

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness

Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

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

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

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

GRADE 5 TeachingBooks List

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Phineas Gage by John Fleischman

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin

Breakout by Kate Messner

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

Elephant Run by Roland Smith

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

Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh

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

GRADE 6 TeachingBooks List

New Kid by Jerry Craft

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

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

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

**I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai (with Patricia McCormick)‚Äč

       ** I Am Malala is the YOUNG READERS' edition for Battle of the Books.  Note the co-author.

New BOTB Titles for 2023