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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*No competition questions will be asked about the asterisked book below.
**Titles, authors, and illustrators do not need to be memorized for the 2023 competition.
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
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
*Snapdragon by Kat Leyh, illustrated by Kat Leyh (no questions will be asked at the competition for this book)
Bear by Ben Queen, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton
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.