Stakes Were High At The 2023 Battle Of The Books

Students in grades 3-6 prepared for the Battle of the Books for many months by reading a total of 10 fiction and non-fiction books. The teams, which consist of 15 or fewer students each on the day of the competitions, tested themselves on every kind of detail imaginable, from the plot to the dedication. During the competition, five students on the team had 20 seconds to answer a recall question, responding with the title and author of the book. Teams could switch players mid-way through the battle if they so choose. There were 31 questions per round for each battle.

“After two years of virtual events, we are happy to be back in-person. 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, Kerrie Burch. “Students who participate love it. They make new friends and connections with their peers,” adds Burch.

Each grade level competition is set up in a bracket system where a first, second, and third place team is determined in the end. Each of the winning teams is awarded a banner to bring back to their schools that can be displayed.

Congratulations to ALL students who read and competed this year. You are all WINNERS!

Final results: 

3rd Grade

1st Place - Queensbury Elementary

2nd Place - Hartford CSD

3rd Place - SGF Moreau Elementary

4th Place - Hudson Falls Primary

4th Grade

1st Place - Warrensburg Elementary

2nd Place - Schuylerville Elementary

3rd Place - SGF Moreau Elementary

4th Place - Hudson Falls Primary

5th Grade

1st Place - Lake George Elementary

2nd Place - SGF Ballard Elementary

3rd Place - Johnsburg CSD

4th Place - Glens Falls Middle School

6th Grade

1st Place - St. Mary's - St. Alphonsus RCS

2nd Place - Bolton CSD

3rd Place - Warrensburg Elementary

4th Place - (tie) Argyle CSD / Johnsburg CSD

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