We are excited to announce the winner of our 2022 T-Shirt Design Contest!


CONGRATULATIONS, Morgan Fontenot, fifth grader at Stringtown Elementary! Your team will get free t-shirts!

Out of all the designs, this one stood out from the rest because of its fun and unique lettering. I liked how the artist made the letters look three dimensional in the word 'battle,' making it really stand out. The design also has nice contrast with the bold letters in the word 'battle' vs. the soft, cloud-like lettering in the word 'books.' The design is large and easy to read, which makes it perfect for a t-shirt design.

- Julia Starr, Judge


2022 T-Shirt Design Contest: Deadline for submissions is Feb 1st, 2022

Every year, teams have the opportunity to purchase t-shirts for ~$6/shirt, customized with the name of the team on the back. The design winner of our T-shirt contest will receive recognition at our Readers' Celebration ceremony and on our website and their team will earn FREE t-shirts!

Our judge this year will be Julia Starr, who has a BS in Studio Art and a minor in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Evansville and is a member of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Check out some of the work she has done on her website here: www.illustrationswithjulia.com.


4th & 5th graders participating in (or trying out for) Battle of the Books are eligible.

T-Shirt Contest Guidelines

  • School appropriate

  • “Battle of the Books” clearly written somewhere in the design

  • Drawn by hand or digitally

  • No clipart or t-shirt website used

  • May not use or imitate images created by others (ex: clipart, covers to books, etc.)

  • One ink color

  • Should be a design that anyone participating in Battle of the Books would want to wear (So, school-specific or team-specific designs will not be competitive)

#1 Tip: Keep it Simple

This design needs to go well on a t-shirt, so keep it simple!

#2 Tip: Be creative! The actual design, the concept for each design, how the design elements (line, dominance, scale, space, shape, etc.) work together to create a piece and what piece best speaks to the Battle of the Books event will all be considered when choosing a winner for the t-shirt design contest.

#3 Tip: Submit by the deadline! (Coaches)

  • Submit in Google Drive-- THIS IS BY FAR EASIEST FOR US

    • Create a folder in Google Drive. Name it with your school & team name (if possible)

    • Upload your t-shirt designs to it

    • Right click on the folder and click "Share"

    • Enter our email address and click "Done"

  • If your student is selected, be ready to provide to us: student’s first & last name, grade, and school name. If the student is willing to have their picture on our site, with parental permission, we would love to recognize them this way!

You may also submit by email.



2021 T-Shirt Design Contest (chosen by Michael Bartholomew):

Aspen Eifert, Yankeetown Elementary

"The design was specifically chosen for its visual appeal which invites one to become a 'book hero' stressing the importance of winning the battle for higher learning through reading."

2020 T-Shirt Design Contest (chosen by Scott Laugel):

Grayson Carter, Yankeetown Elementary

2019 T-Shirt Design Contest Winner (chosen by Kristi Valiant):

Evelyn Cantrell, Hebron Elementary

2018 T-shirt Design Contest Winner (chosen by Kristi Valiant):

Brilee Knight, Highland Elementary

2017 T-shirt Design Contest Winner (chosen by Kristi Valiant):

Olivia Hudson, Stringtown Elementary