What is it?

The Lincoln Public Library's Battle of the Books is a reading competition for students in grades 9-12. Teens read five pre-selected books and meet with their peers to discuss them, and then compete in teams to answer the most trivia questions during our live Battle of the Books competition. Read more books, have fun, and see if your team can triumph in this year's competition! 

2022-2023 Books

Vote for our 2022-2023 books in the Library and on our social media throughout October. 

How to Join

Form Your Team

Team members must be in grades 9-12, with 3-5 people per team. Don't forget to come up with a descriptive (and school appropriate) team name.

Select a Team Coach

Your team's coach should be an adult (18 or older) who can help you get organized. Teams can ask a parent/guardian to be their coach, or a teacher, and in some cases, the library can provide volunteer coaches. For more information about coaches and their role, check out our FAQ below.

Sign up

Registration for the Battle of the Books starts on Monday, October 17. The sooner that you and your team register, the sooner you'll get your books and can start preparing for Battle. Registration closes on January 7th.

Registration Form

Prepare for Battle

  • Get your battle books. We'll provide one copy of each book to each team, while supplies last.
  • Decide how your team is going to split up the books. Is everyone going to read just one book, or several? Is everyone going to read all of the books? It's up to you!
  • Meet with your team members to discuss the characters, themes, and settings of the books.

The Road to Battle

Keep an eye on our schedule as it gets updated for events leading up to the big event, including event meetings, book discussions, and visits from the authors whose books are in the competition.

Let the Battle Begin!

The Main Event will be on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 6 PM. The teams will meet at the library for the game show-style competition in several rounds with breaks in between for scoring. The winning team will receive prizes, a trophy, and all kinds of bragging rights.  

Battle of the Book Events

Check our calendar for Battle of the Book events.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Battle of the Books”?

The Battle of the Books is an exciting book-based competition in which students compete in teams to answer questions relating to the content of selected books. The game format creates interest and excitement in literacy, utilizing teamwork and encouraging good sportsmanship. This is done in partnership with our Friends of the Lincoln Public Library.

When are the events?

Events begin in October, with registration and voting on the final selection of official Battle books. We have a series of events leading to the main Battle of the Books competition on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 6 PM. Check our calendar for Battle of the Book events.

Who can participate in the Battle of the Books?

Students who live in the Lincoln area in between grades 9-12.

When can a student/team register?

Team registration takes place between Monday, October 17, 2022 and Saturday, January 7, 2023. Download the registration form and e-mail it to battleofthebooks@lincolnca.gov.

What does a Coach do?

Team coaches help prepare the students for the event by doing things like:

  • Leading book discussions
  • Helping create spirit wear
  • Keeping the team motivated

For more info, see our Adult Coach Information document.

How are the books selected?

Books are selected each year by the Battle Planning Team Members based on factors including, but not limited to:

  • Reading level
  • Genre
  • Interest
  • Critical reviews
  • Popularity, based on voting conducted by students and library patrons on our website, Facebook page, and in person at the library.

When will our team get our book sets?

Once your team has officially been registered, you will receive your set of competition books. (While supplies last.)

What awards will be given, and when will the prizes be awarded?

Medals and gift cards will be awarded to the winners. The 1st place team will receive a trophy that will be displayed in the library for the year leading up to the next Battle. 

Medals and trophies will be awarded at the conclusion of each event. Gift cards will be delivered to the winners the week after the Battle.

Where do I ask more questions?

E-mail us at battleofthebooks@lincolnca.gov.