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BATTLE DATES: 1st Week in March


We are excited to continue our reading program for this school year. Just a reminder, it is called America’s Battle of the Books. This is a national program and has been around for several years. This program is NOT in the normal school curriculum but is just a fun addition as a PTA  sponsored school program.

What is it:

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program to encourage kids to read a high quality and a high quantity of books. They are grade appropriate with easy and more difficult books within each grade level lists. Students will read about 6-7 (or all if they want) out of the 12 books on a provided list. Reading can begin in the summer and needs to be finished by April. The battle will take place the first week of March. Teams will be made up of 3-4 students per team. Teachers may require participation or make it optional. We will also have an adapted battle for the younger grades. 

What kids need to do:

Get one of the books on the provided list from the school library and read! They are familiar titles and you may own them already or you can check them out from the public library. Encourage your student to read for understanding so they don’t rush through too quickly.

What is the Battle:

It is basically a game show type question battle. Teams will be asked a question regarding a book and they must say the title of the book and the author to get the points. We will most likely do a classroom round and grade level round. It is a lot of fun!

Prizes and Incentives will be awarded throughout the year and the day of the Battle.

If you have any questions, please email Dani Prince at:

Get started on these books!

Crimson View PTA

Grade Level Book Lists

First Grade

(The first grade list will stay the same each year)

Picture Books:

  • Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival
  • Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  • The Princess Knight by Corelia Funk
  • The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang
  • Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick
  • Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and David Catrow
  • Truman by Jean Reidy
  • Alan’s Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis
  • Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark by Jerry Pallotta
  • After the Fall by Dan Santat

Chapter Books:

  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Lane Smith
  • My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
  • **Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull (optional)
Second Grade

(This list will stay the same each year)

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Bobbie the Wonder Dog – a true story by Tricia Brown
Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
Pocket Full of Colors by Amy Guglielmo
Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins & Harry Bliss
Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Series #1) by Mary Pope Osborne
Clementine (Series #1) by Sara Pennypacker
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
Knights of the Kitchen Table (The Time Warp Trio Series #1) by Jon Scieszka
Brother’s at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick
**Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull (optional)

Third & Fourth Grade


  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Tornado by Betsy Byars
  • The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling
  • The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  • The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau
  • Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days by Stephen Manes
  • Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
  • You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax by Jonah Winter
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Masterminds by Gordon Korman
  • Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli
  • I Survived The Great Molasses Flood, 1919 by Lauren Tarshis
  • **Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull (optional for 3rd)
Fifth Grade


  • Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin
  • Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Lion of Mars by Jennifer Holm
  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry by Kelly Jones
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Ryan
  • Love Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis
  • Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull