battle of the books: faqs

battle of the books - indiana


When is the competition? 

Thursday, April 5th & Friday, April 6th 2018, 4:30-7:30pm

Where will the competition be held? 

In classrooms of Harrison High School of Evansville, Indiana

Where is the Readers Celebration on the 2nd day of the competition?

In the big gym of Plaza Park International Prep Academy. There will be a sign out front pointing at which door to enter. Parking is available in the school parking lot and in street parking across the street. Please allow time for parking.

Team Questions

By when do we need to register? 

Your team must submit one team registration form and $20 team fee by October 14th, 2017. This is so we know how many teams we will have and have coach information.

What if our team gets last place? 

That' s okay! The Parade of Readers is to celebrate all of our readers, regardless of if they answered questions correctly. Being a part of this competition means that you have read some books that have possibly changed the way you look at the world, which is an indispensable treasure for yourself and for the people you will meet in the future.

Do I have to read all of the books on the list? 

No! The more you read though, the more questions you'll have a chance at answering correctly (and the more you'll be able to help out your teammates)! 

Coach Questions

What kind of time commitment is this? 

This is up to you and your team! Come up with a plan that will work for you for meeting with your team. Be realistic and don't over commit. You can always start having less practices and increase. Remember too that if you meet with your team, it can be as relaxed as people having time to read books!

When do I need to decide on who is on my team? 

You need to decide if the group interested is large enough to where you need to form multiple teams. Register each team by October 14th. If you have more than 10 people interested, we suggest practicing with everyone until around February. See phases of practicing. Have tryouts in February if necessary and then submit your team roster by email ( by March 12th, 2018. 

How do I go about forming a team? 

We think it's important to give the opportunity to participate to ALL students. When you talk about this competition with the students in your school, home school groups, churches, etc., try to include everyone you can in the initial talk about the competition. You'll be surprised sometimes at who is interested!  If this year was not ideal, it's okay. We're just getting started!  It's not too late to open it up to more people. In fact, as long as you know how many teams you would like to form, you can have as many interested individuals start off practicing with you as you'd like! As time goes on, those that truly want to be a part of the team will continue reading and participating.

Can someone come visit my school or group and talk about Battle of the Books? 

Yes! Our chairs are willing to come visit your school and get students excited for the competition. It's a lot of fun for them! Before you decide to have a team even-to gauge interest of the students- or to have a question and answer session with interested students, engaging the students in a conversation about it (and also bringing in new copies of all of the books) tends to get them excited!  Email Suzanne Perkett at if you are interested in this. We'll do our best to make it happen!