T-Shirt Design Contest


A winner has been decided for our 2023 T-Shirt Design Competition...

Congratulations, Laila Kuhn!!!

Laila is a 5th grader at West Terrace Elementary School and out of many wonderful submissions, Laila's design was selected to appear on this year's t-shirts. Kristi Valiant, our judge this year (read more about her at www.kristivaliant.com), had this to say about the design:

"The drawing of the book is adorable and clear, the overall design has a nice focal point, and 'Bring on the books!' is a fun tagline for this year's shirt."

We agree! Congratulations to Laila & her team for getting free t-shirts this year!

Thank you for ALL who submitted designs-- we know it's got to be a tough job choosing one!

Deadline for 2023 submissions is Feb 1st, 2023

Every year, participants in Battle of the Books have the opportunity to submit their fun, creative designs for a chance at having their design on all the competition t-shirts! 

Teams will be able to purchase t-shirts for ~$7/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 author & illustrator, Kristi Valiant, who lives in our very own Evansville area. She graduated from Columbia College of Arts & Design and has  done illustrations for  over 25 books. Learn more about her on her website: www.kristivaliant.com!


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

How to Submit

Submit by email or by sharing on Google Drive. (By mail also possible-- please advise us if you are sending this way.)

T-Shirt Contest Guidelines

#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)

See past T-Shirt Design Contest Winners, here.