After being canceled since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are happy to announce that Battle of the Books is BACK!!

The North Country’s Battle of the Books is a regional book trivia competition coordinated by public and school libraries in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. The competition is for grades 4-6. The competition is similar to Jeopardy and other whiz quiz games. The questions that will be asked come from a specific list of books that participants will read in preparation for the competition. The books can be found at participating libraries.

The regional competition will be held on May 20th at the St. James School in Gouverneur. Exact time TBD. Check in with your library to find out when their local competition will be held. Our library’s local battle will be on April 22nd at 9:30am.

Check out our guides below for a detailed explanation of the competition. Included is information about what books to read for the battle, the role of a coach and/or parent, and more! 

Still have questions? Contact Ms. Jamie at 315-785-7709 or 

The book title list is available for the 2022-2023 competition. A list of book descriptions is also available.

Check out our student guide to get information on the rules, what to expect, important dates, and more! 

Looking for more information on your role as a coach or a Battle parent? Check out the Battle Parents & Coaches Guide 2022-2023! Rules of the competition and how to play are also included in the guide.

February 1 – March 1: Team Registration

Teams must register at Flower Library with Ms. Jamie during the month of February.

 March 7 at 6:00pm: Meet the Teams Event

Join other participants for some food, fun, and decorating! Meet your competition while you decorate team merchandise. Bring your t-shirts and poster board to decorate for your team. All other craft materials will be provided! You must sign up for this event in order to participate. This event is not mandatory.

 March 28th at 6:00pm: Tip Workshop

Need some help figuring out what to do after reading? Have any last minute questions you need answered? Join other teams for a workshop @ the library. Be prepared—we may hold a mock battle! This event is not mandatory.

 April 22nd at 9:30am: Local Battle

The local competition begins! Will your team survive? All teams must be present on this date. Warning: plan to spend a fun-filled day at your library!

TBD: Top Three Movie Party

Only the top three teams and their coaches allowed! Teams will vote to decide the movie shown and the best day for viewing. Snacks will be provided.

 May 20th: Regional Battle at St. James School

Only the first place team from Flower Library will continue on to battle against other first place teams from around the North Country. The battles will take place at the St. James School in Gouverneur.

Click here for a downloadable and printable version of the important dates.