Battle of the Books

  • The Alaska Association of School Librarians has posted the TENTATIVE 2021-2022 titles for K-12, and our NLABC library and ASD's digital library have many of the titles available. Click here to search the ASD digital library, or click here to search NLABC's print and digital catalog. Drop in or email the librarians for directions and your student's usercode & PIN to access the ASD digital library. 


    In accordance with the ASD Policy for Battle of the Books, summaries for the titles on the lists are provided for parents each fall. We appreciate that families talk about book selections prior to students reading the titles, and hope our award-winning battlers will gear up early for the 21-22 battles by starting to read the books soon!

    AkASL’s Battle of the Books Find book trailers, games and more!

    Battle of the Books Program Information

    Battle Of The Books is a voluntary AkASL reading program which is endorsed by the Anchorage School District. NLABC students in grades 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 read specific titles and answer questions about the books. "Battles" are held at the school, district, and state levels.

    Summaries for the Battle of the Books titles are available for review and can be found in the library and linked above. Everyone is eligible to read the books, but to officially participate in the program, students must have a signed permission slip on file with their building coach. Interested students in grades three through eight can pick up the required reading lists and synopses from Ms. Collins. 

    Background: What is the Battle of the Books? The Battle of the Books is a statewide Alaskan reading motivational and comprehension program sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians. The goals of the program are to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension and promote academic excellence.

    Students who wish to compete can read and discuss the books, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of not more than four students to correctly answer questions based on the books. Questions always begin with the words "in which book..." and the answer is a title/author from the list. Teams participate at the school level, and the Northern Lights winners will be able to compete at the ASD Tournament(s).

    The Alaska Association of School Librarians accepts suggestions for book titles to be included in the Battle lists under the "Coaches' Corner” @

    Alaska Association of School Librarians - Battle of the Books Homepage