Battle of the Books

We are planning for and looking forward to the 2024 Battle! The BOOKLIST will be announced soon!

Below are the books chosen for the list. They are all available at the Canton Free Library. Let us know if there’s not a copy available of a particular title you need, and we’ll place a hold on one for you!

Important dates for the 2023 Canton Free Library Battle of the Books

● Deadline to register teams at the Canton Free Library is

●The competition in Canton will be on beginning at 10am.

●Winning team competes at the Regional competition on

The Battle of the Books is a reading competition for students in grades 4 through 6. Students form teams of up to 4 members and choose an adult as a coach. Teams may be of mixed grades (as long as they are in 4th, 5th or 6th grades) and may be made up of students who attend different Canton area schools or are home schooled. The teams divide up and read a chosen list of 16 books, which is released in September. During the Battle of the Books in the spring at Canton Free Library (CFL), the teams are asked questions about the books on the list, and those responding give the book’s title and author as their answer. The winning team from CFL goes on to a regional competition to face winning teams from other North Country Library System libraries.

Team Rules


Role of the Coach

Rules of Play


2023 Battle of the Books Title List