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Teens: Battle of the Books

Contest Encourages Reading

"The Battle of the Books competition showcases the academic value of reading and reading comprehension. ...The Library System's support has been invaluable in helping our team reach its full potential and be a competitive force."

- Kathleen Tomaino, Booker T. Washington Middle School

Battle Of The Books 2019 Information

Battle Of The Books 2019 Listing

About the Contest

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is an annual event hosted by the Newport News Public Library System in collaboration with the Williamsburg Regional Library. Area school teams compete by answering questions on books they have read. The program is open to students grades 4-8. Students compete in a City and then a Regional competition.


In January and February, the Library offers practice sessions so that Battle of the Books participants can get familiar with competition rules and format. Practice sessions are open to everyone, no registration is necessary. Call the corresponding library if you need additional information.

2018 Newport News Battle Of The Books Winners

HRA Wins Regional Battle of the Books Competition

After an intense city competition for elementary school students, the team from Hampton Roads Academy emerged victorious. They went on to represent Newport News in the regional Battle of the Books competition held in Williamsburg on Saturday, March 17. Warwick River Christian School represented Newport News in the middle school regional battle. After a tough competition amongst teams from Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, York County, and Williamsburg, HRA brought home the trophy. 

NNPL would like to thank all students, teachers, parents and staff members for their hard work and dedication during this year's Battle of the Books.

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