2020 Battle of the Books: Saturday, May 2, 2020


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 2020 Battle of the Books

  • Online Registration: Oct. 15, 2019 – Nov. 1, 2019. SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration begins October 15 at 10 a.m. and will remain open until capacity is reached or until registration closes on November 16 at 11:59 p.m., whichever comes first. If you register a team that does not compete in the Battle on May 2, your school's participation may be limited in future years.REGISTER HERE

  • Informational Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Turner Community Center at Chautauqua Institution, 4840 West Lake Rd, Chautauqua, NY 14722

  • 2019 Book list announced:Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Mandatory coach meetings: Two options at Turner Community Center at Chautauqua Institution – Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. OR Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Each team’s set of books will be distributed to the coaches at these meetings.

  • Last Day to Change Team Info & Permission Forms Due: March 23, 2020

  • Mandatory logistics meetings: Two options at the Amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution – Dates TBD

  • Battle of the Books Contest: Saturday, May 2, 2020 in the Amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution at 2:00 p.m.