Battle of the Books

About battle of the books

The Battle of the Books is a statewide program sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians intended to broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote academic excellence.

Each year a committee of teachers and librarians select book lists and write questions for all grade levels. Students read, discuss the books, and compete in teams to answer questions based on the books. Competitions are held at the local, state and district level usually in January, February and March.

Visit the Battle of the Books website for more information.

2021-2022 battle of the books

The following lists are the books for the 2021-2022 school year Battle of the Books. The list is now finalized with one substitution in the middle school level (adding Dark Life by Kat Falls, removing The Boy in the Striped Pajamas).

Book list with pictures of covers (Links to our catalog)

Printable PDF list

The ebook information is not yet complete. We are working are adding extra copies to our Alaska Digital Library and will update as we are able to.

Curious about the differences between Hoopla and Alaska Digital Library? For more information on downloadable books, please go here.

Kindergarten

Title ebook availability?
Alaska Digital Library - ebook

It's Okay to be Different  by Todd Parr

 

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

 

Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook; Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook

First Grade

Title ebook availability?
The Cat Who Ruled the Town by May Nakamura Alaska Digital Library - ebook
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes Hoopla - narrated film, eaudiobook (English), eaudiobook (Spanish); Alaska Digital Library - e-audiobook
Helen Keller: the World at her Fingertips by Sarah Albee Hoopla - ebook
The Spider by Elise Gravel  

 

Second Grade

Title ebook availability?
Bobbie the Wonder Dog: a True Story by Tricia Brown Hoopla - ebook
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton Alaska Digital Library - ebook
Stink: the Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan MacDonald Alaska Digital Library - ebook, e-audiobook
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle Hoopla - narrated film, eaudiobook

 

Third and Fourth Grade

Title ebook availability?
Caroline's Comets: a True Story by Emily McCully Alaska Digital Library - ebook
The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz Alaska Digital Library - ebook, e-audiobook
The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant) by Avi Hoopla - ebook copy 1, ebook copy 2
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome Hoopla - eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook
Henry Heckelbeck Gets a Dragon by Wanda Coven Alaska Digital Library - ebook
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee Hoopla - eaudiobook
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater Hoopla - ebook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, e-audiobook
Mr. Wolf's Class by Aaron Steinke Alaska Digital Library - ebook
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the story of a mouse, princess, some soup and a spool of thread by Kate DiCamillo Hoopla - ebook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, e-audiobook
What is LEGO? by Jim O'Connor Alaska Digital Library - ebook
A Wolf Called Wander by Roseanne Parry Hoopla - eaudiobook
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill Alaska Digital Library - ebook

 

Fifth and Sixth Grade

Title ebook availability?
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf Hoopla - eaudiobook
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson Alaska Digital Library ebook, e-audiobook
Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook
Counting by 7s by Holly Sloan Hoopla - eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook
Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook
Pax by Sara Pennypacker Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook
The Someday Birds by Sally Pla Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin  Alaska Digital Library - ebook
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Alaska Digital Library - ebook

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberley Bradley Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook
Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson

Alaska Digital Library - ebook

 

Middle School

Title ebook availability?
Dark Life by Kat Falls Hoopla - eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Libary - eaudiobook
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Ramee Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook
House Arrest by K. A. Holt Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook

Look Both Ways: a Tale told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

Alaska​ Digital Library - ebook

Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter Hoopla - eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - eaudiobook
Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin Alaska Digital Library - eaudiobook, ebook
Posted by John David Anderson Hoopla - ebook
The Selection by Kiera Cass Hoopla - eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook

 

High School

Title ebook availability?
Be Not Far from Me: a Novel by Mindy McGinnis Hoopla - eaudiobook
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind (Young Reader's Edition) by William Kamkwamba Alaska Digital Library - ebook
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook
If I Stay by Gayle Forman Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson Hoopla - ebook, eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook
Warcross by Marie Lu Alaska Digital Library -e-audiobook, ebook
We are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez Hoopla - eaudiobook 
White Rose by Kip Wilson Alaska Digital Library - eaudiobook, ebook
A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans Hoopla - eaudiobook; Alaska Digital Library - ebook, eaudiobook