Book List

2022-2023 Book List

Battle of the Books participants read off the book list (which has a variety of genres). They do NOT have to read all of the books to participate, but the more books read, the greater chance they can help their team answer competition questions correctly!

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Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

The Summer We Found the Baby by Amy Hest

The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

The Magic in Changing your Stars by Leah Henderson

A Ceiling Made of Eggshells by Gail Carson Levine

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

Focused by Alyson Gerber

Survivor Girl by Erin Teagan

Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée


Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends by David Stabler

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals by Jess Keating

Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird by Pamela S. Turner


Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling

Picture Books

Schools First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt, illustrated Adam Rex

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton

The Goodbye Cancer Garden by Janna Matthies, illustrated by Kristi Valiant

Graphic Novels

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh, illustrated by Kat Leyh

Bear by Ben Queen, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton

A note:

We understand the incredible value that illustrators play in communicating a story. We chose to include the illustrators’ names for only the books listed in the picture book & graphic novels sections, but hope that you will pay attention to the illustrators’ names for every book you read. Questions about the illustrations are allowed for every book on the list, as this is an integral part of the story.