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School Library System - WSWHE BOCES: Battle of the Books

Information and Resources for School Librarians

Battle of the Books


2021 - TBA

Participation 2021

Battle of the Books - March 9, 2020

BOTB Winners - 2020

3rd Grade

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

2nd Place - Kensington ES (Glens Falls)

3rd Place - Ballard Road ES (South Glens Falls)

4th Place - Hartford

4th Grade

1st Place - Lake George ES

2nd Place - Indian Lake

3rd Place - Kensington ES (Glens Falls)

4th Place (Tie) - Hudson Falls Intermediate, Schuylerville ES

5th Grade

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

2nd Place - William H. Barton Intermediate (Queensbury)

3rd Place - Moreau (South Glens Falls)

4th Place - Hartford

6th Grade

1st Place - Warrensburg ES

2nd Place - Hudson Falls MS

3rd Place - Granville ES

4th Place - Lake George ES

Books to Read by Grade - 2021


New books were changed from 2020 for the upcoming 2021 battle.  They are bolded below.




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

River of Dreams by Hudson Talbott


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

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

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

Front Desk by Kelly Yang


The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone

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 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

Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy

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

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

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

New Books for 2021!