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November 12, 2018
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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a fun, free program where teams from different schools compete against each other to see who knows their books best! All Halton Hills schools with students in grades three to eight are invited to play.

All About Battle

Congratulations to our 2018 top-scoring teams who will represent Halton Hills in Burlington on Thursday, May 10 at the Regional Battle of the Books:
Harrison (Junior); Holy Cross (Senior)

Why Participate?:

Battle of the Books is a literacy-building program that is a great way to get kids excited about reading and to help them branch out in their reading choices. It also encourages good sportsmanship and fair play.

Spirit of Fun:

While we call it a ‘battle’ we always try to maintain a spirit of fun and fair play to help ensure that even those teams who do not win still have a fun time.


During each round, pairs of teams face off against each other in various locations around the Georgetown Branch. When the round is complete, scores are tallied and the teams move to their next battle. Each team plays an equal number of battles, usually four.

Team Makeup:

Each team has a maximum of nine players, with six members from each battling at any one time. Halfway through the battle, teams may substitute three players. Junior level teams have up to three students from grades three, four and five. Senior level teams have up to three students from grades six, seven and eight. A maximum of two students from each grade may play at any given time. However, if you do not have enough players from a certain grade, you may substitute younger children for older, but not vice versa.


In a round robin battle, teams are asked questions based on books. Questions alternate between the two teams. A team has 30 seconds in which to give the correct author and/or title. For certain questions we will be looking for the name of a character or series instead of a title.


The team being questioned earns five points for the title/character/series and three points for the author. If the team cannot answer the question, the opposing team has the chance to answer, with two points being given for title/character name and one point for the author.

The Bye:

Each team spends one round on a bye where they can rest, chat and enjoy some light refreshments, which include fruit, drinks, and nut-free cookies. Coffee and water are available for the adults.

The Winners:

The two teams with the highest cumulative score from both the junior and senior levels win. The teams face off against each other according to their level at the Grand Battle, which is held in the evening. The winning teams from the Grand Battle (one junior, one senior) go on to represent Halton Hills at the Regional Battle, which is held during the school day in one of the four public libraries in Halton.


Spectators are allowed to watch the battles, but space is limited and we cannot guarantee a good view of the events.

Important Dates

  • Note: Dates differ from year to year.
  • Round Robins will be held at the Georgetown Branch on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 (junior teams) and Thursday, April 5, 2018 (senior teams).
  • Grand Battle will be held at the Georgetown Branch on Monday, April 23, 2018.
  • Regional Battle 2018: Burlington Public Library, May 10, 2018. 

How to Register

To register, school representatives should contact Children’s and Youth Services at 905-873-2681 x2520.