Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a free annual book-based trivia tournament that promotes literacy and a love of reading. It’s for elementary school children in Barrie and Oro-Medonte in grades 4 to 8.

Participating schools will put together a team of students who will work together to read as many books as possible from our annual book list. The Teacher-Librarian (or other adult acting as team coach) can assist students by helping to divvy up the book list, hold practice trivia games, or complete other games and activities that will encourage the students to read as many books as possible, work together, and have tons of fun.

The Barrie Public Library will help support teams by visiting them at their schools for additional fun and games, and to help teams prepare for the semi-battles and Grand Battle. Additional visits or meetings can be arranged with library staff upon request. Both the Downtown and Painswick locations will have multiple copies of each book on the annual book list that students can sign out on their library cards.

This year, the semi-battles will be held at the end of April and early May; semi-battles take place at both the Downtown and Painswick branches. Teams that progress beyond the semi-battles will compete in the Grand Battle to be held the evening of May 3, 2018, at Bear Creek Secondary School.

To find out how to participate or for more information, contact Kalina Cook at

Battle of the Books Materials

Introduction and Rules 

Book List

Past Winners

Congratulations to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Elementary School on their victory in the 2017 Grand Battle!

Congratulations also go to Codrington Public School on their silver medal and to St. Monica's Catholic Elementary School on their bronze medal. The other Grand Battle finalists were Hewitt's Creek Elementary School and West Bayfield Elementary School.

Thank you also to the following schools for supporting this program and demonstrating such great team spirit in the semi-battles: Algonquin Ridge, Ardagh Bluffs, Assikinack, Ferndale Woods, Kempenfelt Bay, Maple Grove, Radical Speed Readers (Homeschool), St. Gabriel the Archangel, Trillium Woods, Warnica.

2017 St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Elementary School
2016 Codrington Public School
2015 Codrington Public School
2014 West Bayfield Elementery School