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Battle of the Books

*Special thanks to Scott Cooper for writing & performing the theme song and creating this wonderful video

New! Forest of Reading - Battle of the Books

Q: In this Silver Birch Express book, a young man enters his first race in Caledonia, Ontario in May 1905. What is the title and who is the author of this book?
The answer is Meet Tom Longboat by Elizabeth MacLeod, and that’s one example of a question that might appear in Midland Public Library’s Battle of the Books. Do you have what it takes to help lead your team to book battle glory?

Battle of the Books is a fun, free program where teams from different schools compete against each other to see who knows their books the best. If you want to motivate and challenge students who enjoy reading, form a team and compete against some of the fiercest reading warriors in town.

In April, the Battle of the Books teams from each school will meet for a competition.
The Gold medal winners will be awarded a trophy for their school.

The Battle of the Books is for students in grades 4-8.

So read, sharpen your wits, practice and above all else, have fun!
Please contact the library for more information.



Dr. Jeff Golisky
Friends of the Library
Barb Kettle

Important Dates

October  – Book lists are released

January  –  Schools must register their teams to participate in the Battle of the Books

April  – Battle!

Contact Larysa, Children’s Services Coordinator, to register and for more details: [email protected] or 705-526-4216 ext. 3308


Books are from Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch and Red Maple (30 books total).

The competition will be divided into 3 rounds.

Teams: A maximum of 5 team members will compete at a time. You are allowed to change team members between rounds, if you would like. Only 2 members from Grades 7 and 8 can compete at the same time. Method of selection of team members is decided by the team coordinator at each school.

Up to three substitutes may rotate between the rounds of play. No team shall have more than nine players in total (six regular team members and three substitutes).

You will need to choose a Team Captain for each of the rounds. In round one, this will be who writes down your answers. In round two, this is who will speak for your team when answering the questions.

Round One: 20 Questions – Title/Author

  • Round one is written and will have 20 questions. All of the answers to these questions will be the title of the book and the author. The questions will be read out loud, and the answers must be written down on your answer sheet within 30 seconds. When the time is up we will sound a buzzer and you must put down your pencil. Always discuss your answers as a team!

Round Two: 10 Questions – Content

  • Round 2 is verbal, which means you must say your answer out loud. Each school team will answer 10 unique questions. The answers to these questions will be information from the books. The questions will be read aloud and you will have 30 seconds to answer. You are allowed as many guesses as you would like within your 30 second limit.

Round 3: 5 Questions – Lighting Round

  • The Lightning Round is also verbal, like Round 2. Each team will get 5 unique questions, but the answers to all of these questions will be the title of the book (like round 1!). The questions will be read aloud and you will have 15 seconds to answer. However, you only get one guess! For this round, you can also stand up at your tables!

If a team disagrees with the moderator’s initial ruling on an answer, the team may challenge the ruling immediately after the Regular question or immediately after the end of the Lightning Battle. A team may only challenge rulings on its own answers. Moderators will either confirm their original ruling or may provide a randomly selected alternative question as a substitution.

When a tie-breaker is necessary, each team in the tie-breaker will be asked extra Lightning Battle questions. The spokesperson must provide one correct answer within twenty seconds. No guesses will be allowed and an incorrect answer will result in elimination. The last team standing wins the tie-breaker round.


  • A warm-up practice question will be given to each team at the beginning of the first Battle.
  • There may be no assistance from the coordinators or audience members. The moderator’s decision will be final in the case of any questionable answer.
  • Points will not be deducted for incorrect responses.
  • All decisions made by the Battle Committee are final.
  • Any team demonstrating poor sportsmanship will be not be invited back.

To download the lists, click here:

Reading List 2022


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