Teams of five students and one adult coach each read the same 16 pre-determined books. Selected by HCLS instructors and HCPSS media specialists, titles include a wide range of reading levels and subjects. Thanks to generous sponsors, all teams receive a set of books. In addition, copies of each year's titles are available for borrowing at Howard County Library System.
In addition to reading the books, teams choose a team name then dress accordingly.
During the "battle" (a 50-question exam), a moderator asks questions that relate to one of the following: a direct quote from one of the book characters; a statement about something that happens in the book; a passage taken directly from the book; details about an illustration or picture.
- Each member of the first, second, and third place winning teams receives a gift card from a local bookstore as well as a copy of the team READ poster. In addition, each team's school receives a trophy.
- First, second, and third place prizes are also awarded for Best Team Name, Best Team Costume, Best Team Spirit, and Best Team Civility.
- All participants receive a small prize and Certificate of Participation.
2013 Battle of the Books
Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Time: 7 pm