Battle of the Books
Multiple copies of each book
Ballots for voting
Bulletin board to post and update bracket
Create a tournament-style bracket (think NCAA March Madness) and pick multiple sets of books to compete. A group of students reads each of the two books that are battling and then votes on their favorite of the two.
The winner moves on to battle the winner of another group of two books that went head to head.
Group A reads
Bridge to Terabithia
They vote for their favorite
Big Nate and Hoot
Meanwhile, Group B reads
Surviving the Applewhites.
Now, all members of Group A read and all members of Group B read
The combined groups vote for
The NCAA bracket begins with 68 teams. Battle of the Books can start with 32, 16, 8, or as many books as you like. You can fill in the bracket over the course of the year to give students time to read all the books.
Why It Works
Helps students think critically about books Encourages students to try new books & discover genres Engages staff, community members, and parents