PTA | Battle of the Books

BATTLE DATES: 1st Week in March


We are excited to continue our reading program for the 2020-21 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 Jamie West 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:

  • Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  • Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
  • If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff
  • Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  • I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison
  • Fly Guy Fly Girl by Tedd Arnold
  • Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark by Jerry Pallotta
  • The Princess Knight by Corelia Funk
  • Skippy Jon Jones Class Action by Judy Schachner

Chapter Books:

  • The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
  • Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Lane Smith
  • Beatrice Zinker by Shelley Johannes
  • Who was Walt Disney? by Whitney Staurt
  • Junie B. Jones First Grade at Last by Barbara Park
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

Third & Fourth Grade


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
Running Out of Time by Margaret Haddix Peterson
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
May B by Caroline Starr Rose
I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 by Lauren Tarshis
Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson
Secret Coders (Secret Coders 1) by Gene Luen Yang

Fifth Grade


No Talking by Andrew Clements
A Nest for Celeste: a Story About Art Inspiration and the Meaning of Home by Henry Cole
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe
Orphan Train Girl (Young Reader’s Edition) by Christian Baker Kline
Slacker by Gordon Korman
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park
We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey
Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson
Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler by William Wise
Secret Coders (Secret Coders 1) by Gene Luen Yang