2018 Battle of the Books: May 12, 2018


Battle of the Books gets Chautauqua County fifth-graders excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Teams of five students and one adult coach each read the same 12 pre-assigned books over five months. Selected in conjunction with Chautauqua Institution’s CLSC Young Readers Program, titles include a wide range of reading levels and subjects. Thanks to generous donors, all teams receive a set of books. In addition to reading the books, teams choose a team name then dress accordingly.

During the “battle,” a moderator asks approximately 50 trivia questions that relate to one of the following: a direct quote from one of the book characters; a statement about something that happens in the book; a passage taken directly from the book; details about an illustration or picture. Winning teams receive prizes.


Important Dates

Important Dates for the 2018 Battle of the Books

  • Informational Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Turner Community Center at Chautauqua Institution, 4840 West Lake Rd, Chautauqua, NY 14722

  • Online Registration: Oct. 13, 2017 – Nov. 13, 2017

  • 2018 Book list announced:Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

  • Mandatory coach meetings: Two options at Turner Community Center at Chautauqua Institution – Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. OR Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Each team’s set of books will be distributed to the coaches at these meetings.

  • Mandatory logistics meetings: Two options at Turner Community Center at Chautauqua Institution – Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. OR Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Last Day to Change Team Info & Permission Forms Due: March 23, 2018

  • Battle of the Books Contest: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Chautauqua Institution (time TBA)