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School Library System - WSWHE BOCES: BOTB Resources

Information and Resources for School Librarians

Annual Planning Schedule


  • Booklists available


  • Student Enrollment - registrations (locally see your librarian)
  • Begin reading!!
  • Bookmarks with book lists for each grade will be sent out.
  • Librarians can form teams.
  • Meeting with Coaches to go over rules and answer any questions.


  • Continue reading!!
  • Lunchtime and after-school discussions recommended.
  • See your school policies for getting approval for Team transportation and participation in the March Battle.


  • Teams are encouraged to practice with self-created questions.
  • Continue reading required books!!
  • Meeting with Readers and Coaches to go over rules and explain how the day will be run.


  • Complete reading of booklists!!
  • In-school battles held to determine team members.
  • Team captains chosen (only the captains can speak for the team in the competition). Choose alternate captain and team member(s).
  • Names will be collected (via Google form).  Link will be sent to all coaches and Librarians.
  • Schedule for Battles will be completed and sent to all coaches and librarians.
  • Letters to school administrators will go out from WSWHE SLS.


  • District permission slips should sent home for signature.
  • March - Let the games begin!


  • Committee will meet to review competition and make suggestions for following year

General Information


Organized by our local librarians to:

* Select 10 books per grade level to make this manageable and realistic - see Lists in left column
* Add 1 new title per grade each year (remove 1 title)
* Align with CCSS Curriculum
* Align with new NYS recommended Lexile levels
* Include non-fiction as well as fiction material (at the correct Lexile targeted range by NYS)

Librarians and teachers are provided bookmarks with the book titles. Contact SLS to get sets of printed bookmarks, or click the "Resources" tab at the left to download your own.

Here's an overview:

If there are more than 7 students per grade, it is up to the school to run "elimination" battles

  • Librarians can serve as the contact person and/or coach, but the BOTB could be run by a teacher, parent or other adult.
  • We recommend "scrimmages" along the way at your school to decide who will best represent your district.
  • The teams will be:
    • Third Grade
    • Fourth Grade
    • Fifth Grade
    • Sixth Grade
  • Questions will be recall and recognition.
    • A complete set of rules for 2020 will be posted soon on the Battle of the Books Resources Page.
    • The questions for each grade level will be based on 10 books: five fiction and five non-fiction. The books have been carefully chosen by this, and previous, committees. We have chosen half non-fiction to support the emphasis of building knowledge and reading texts carefully for comprehension and factual learning. 
    • There will be trophies and banners awarded to the winning schools for 1st and 2nd Place at each grade level. 3rd and 4th Place will receive banners.
    • Trophies and banners will be passed from one year to the next to the winning school.