Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Dentists! by Fiona Macdonald
The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant
Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln by Judith St. George
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley
Hippos are Huge! by Jonathan London
Who is Malala Yousafzai? by Dinah Brown
Who Were the Wright Brothers? by James Buckley Jr.
What is the Statue of Liberty? by Joan Holub
Where are the Great Pyramids? by Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky
This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman
*Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888 by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart by Walter Dean Myers
The Polar Express written by Chris Van Allsburg, illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
*The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf written by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
Cora Cooks Pancit written by Dorina Lazo Gilmore, illustrated by Kristi Valiant
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day written by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade written by Melissa Sweet, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
*These books have newspaper articles in the illustrations. Students will not be responsible for the written content of the newspaper articles.
We understand the incredible value that illustrators play in communicating a story. We chose to include the illustrators’ names for only the books listed in the picture book section, but hope that you will pay attention to the illustrators’ names for every book you read. Questions about the illustrations are allowed for every book on the list, as this is an integral part of the story.
How are Battle of the Books books selected?
The books were selected by a committee made up of Books for a Better World members and representatives from our partnerships: EVSC and Evansville Public Libraries. Looking at a large list of submitted suggestions, we narrowed down the books based off of availability in libraries and selected books using a set of criteria. The criteria were: reading level, interest, gender focus, cultural/ethnic emphasis, and format of the book.