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Since 2008, the Crete Public Library has hosted an annual Battle of the Books program for the local schools. Battle of the Books is a competitive reading program for students in 3rd through 8th grades. Students volunteer to participate in the program with the help of parents, teachers, and school staff. Each team extensively prepares by reading books from a yearly assigned list. In the spring, students gather together to face off in a series of question and answer rounds developed by the library’s Youth Services staff. The team with the most points at the end of the final round is declared the winner.

2020 Battle of the Books

  • 7th & 8th Grade Battle
    The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
    All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg
    Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer & the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix
    Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
    Trash by Andy Mulligan
    The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
    Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen
    The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
    Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
    April 7, 2020
  • 5th & 7th Grade Battle
    Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini
    Soar by Joan Bauer
    The War that Saved My LIfe by Kimberly
    Brubaker Bradley
    New Kid by Jerry Craft
    Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
    Masterminds by Gordon Korman
    Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
    The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
    Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
    Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein
    April 16, 2020
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Battle
    The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
    The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
    Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
    The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman
    Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
    The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
    Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner
    The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True by Gerald Morris
    Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
    Rump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurliff
    April 23, 2020

2019 Battle of the books photos

3rd & 4th Grade
5th & 6th Grade
7th & 8th Grade