What is Battle of the Books?
Battle of the Books is a statewide competition designed to encourage reading and discussions about books. It is a fun, academic-based competition that is divided into three divisions - elementary, middle and senior. The Rhinelander Library Media program organizes and promotes the annual BoB contest. Students read the books from the state list. The statewide competition is run by WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association).
Who May Participate?
All 6-12 Rhinelander students! Our BOB Teams are organized during Oct/Nov. each year. Add your email address to the signup form to receive updates, practice questions and meeting notifications. You can participate in both the face-to-face and online Moodle discussions. Check with your BoB advisor for the meeting dates.
What Books Are On The List?
Use the HOME Tab to see the Division titles and links. (Visit WEMTA to see all the lists.) Also, each book can be found the school's Destiny catalog.
At RHS look for the LMC Battle of the Books bulletin board and display where the Senior Division contest books are shelved.
At JWMS, the books are all shelved near the Battle of the Books bulletin board.
All the Division reading lists aim to expose students to current award winning literature. The lists incorporates awards such as: Golden Archer, Newbery, Printz, Siebert and others.
Where Can You Get The Books?
At least one print copy of each book are available in the each school LMC to borrow. Every Division has multiple Kindles with eBooks that you can borrow!
Options: Check the Rhinelander District Library to see if copies are available to check out.
- You can purchase copies through Amazon.com or through our local bookstores.
- Or, you can go to Booksfree.com and pay $11 once and to borrow the books for free!
How Does It Work?
Step 1. Register in the library, with an advisor or drop off this completed sign up form (pdf) in the LMC by the first meeting. You can register individually or as a whole team of three or four members. Students self-select teams and make their own plans for reading the books.
Step 2. Read the books on the list. Some teams split the books up, pre-assing books or teams pick one books at a time to read together from the list. The RHS teams meet during Advisory days or during Lunch from November through February. During meetings, the teams discuss the books and try their luck with some "mock" Battles. Mock Battles start in December when questions stored on the WEMTA practice Moodle site are available.
Step 3. Our Rhinelander teams compete agains other teams in our school district. In early February, we run our local Battle Eliminations. The two Senior divisions (RHS and NCSS) will battle each other. The Middle Division teams will battle each other. After the local battles, the winning Senior and Middle Division teams compete in the Statewide Competition Week in the third week of February. The state battle is completed using a virtual website where scores are recorded. The state battles are monitored and run by our local advisors.
During a Battle, competitors answer a series of "trivia" questions covering plot, characters, and setting of the books. When reading, students are encouraged, but not required, to make note cards or notebook pages to help them remember the characters, setting, and important events of their books. Every trivia question asked in a Battle is answered by stating the title and author of the book. Here is a sample Battle question: "Name the book in which a horse and a boy are stranded on an island."
A Moodle site for all divisions is active beginning in December. Our Teams do not travel since the competition answers are submitted using the online Moodle site. State Battle Rules - click here (pdf).