Battle of the Books 2021

The Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES School Library System coordinates this competition, which was held virtually this year.


Students in grades 3-6 prepared for the Battle of the Books for many months by reading five fiction and five non-fiction books. The teams, which consist of 5 or fewer students each on the day of the competitions, test themselves on every kind of detail imaginable, from the plot to the dedication. During the competition, teams had 45 seconds to a minute, depending on the round, to answer a question by selecting the correct title.


“The competition engages students, encourages them to choose books they might not read on their own, and opens up a whole new side of reading for them,” says WSWHE BOCES School Library System Coordinator, J’aimé Pfeiffer. “Students who participate love it! They make new friends and connections with their peers,” adds Pfeiffer.


Normally, volunteer “readers” ask the students’ questions, and make the decisions on accepting challenges. This year, all of the questions were online in the form of a game on the Nearpod®

Platform. Part of the excitement was that students could see where all the players were “on the mountain” after each question. Several volunteers returned this year to help with this new virtual competition because they look forward to seeing the many students excited about reading!


Each grade level competition is set up in a bracket system, and a first, second, and third place team is determined in the end. Each of the winning teams will be awarded a banner to have in their schools that they can proudly display.


Congratulations to ALL students who have read and competed this year. You are all WINNERS for having become an “extreme reader!”


Below are the final results. 


3rd Grade

1st Place - Queensbury Elementary

2nd Place - Lake George

3rd Place - Johnsburg

4th Place - St. Mary’s-St.Alphonsus


4th Grade

1st Place - Lake George

2nd Place - St. Mary’s-St.Alphonsus

3rd Place - Schuylerville

4th Place - Hudson Falls


5th Grade

1st Place - Queensbury WHBI

2nd Place - Lake George

3rd Place - Warrensburg

4th Place - Argyle


6th Grade

1st Place - St. Mary’s-St.Alphonsus

2nd Place - Johnsburg

3rd Place - Lake George

4th Place - Queensbury MS


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