• Above you will find an interactive virtual library that contains Book Trailers and information for the 2020-2021 Elementary Battle of the Books program. You can click on the books to view a quick synopsis of that book. Click on the Bitmojis for more information on Battle of the Books and click on the Harnett County Public Library logo to access the eBooks through the Harnett County Public Library. Enjoy and Happy Reading!

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    2019-2020 Harnett County Schools Elementary Battle of the Books District Champions 


    2020-2021 Book List



    The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage continued reading for enjoyment by all students at the high school level. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base. Even during the height of the competition, students and coaches should remember that the goal is to READ, not necessarily to win!     


    North Carolina's Battle of the Books can be traced back to a public radio program in Chicago in the 1940s originated by Ruth Harshaw. Librarians exposed to the original show reconstructed the game to encourage reading today. Michael Leonard, an Illinois native, first introduced the contest in Onslow County when he accepted the position of Children's Librarian for the Onslow County Public Library. His rationale for placing it at the sixth grade level was the dearth of activities in the public library and in the public schools for this aged child. In 1981, Onslow County Public Library sponsored the first North Carolina Battle of the Books contest for sixth graders. The North Carolina Association of School Librarians assumed sponsorship of Battle of the Books in 1991. In 2000, the North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) became a sponsor of Battle of the Books, and independent schools became a region for competition. The first state competition of Battle of the Books was held in 2001­-2002. NCSLMA coordinates the program on a statewide basis. 

    Battle of the Books began as a program for middle school students, grades 6-8. The program has expanded to include the elementary and high school levels. Students at participating schools read books from a list established by the state Battle of the Books committees and then compete in quiz-bowl-style tournaments to test their knowledge of these books.