Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books decorative picture

2019 Battles

To promote an enthusiasm for reading, Oakville Public Library will once again host its annual Battle of the Books competition in April 2019. Battle of the Books encourages team spirit, good sportsmanship and provides an excellent opportunity for public libraries to work with community schools to celebrate books and reading!

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.


Each team will be asked 8 questions per battle from the following categories:

  • Canadian
  • Award Winners
  • Classics (Senior only)
  • Picture Books (Junior only)
  • New Titles (2 yrs)
  • Popular Fiction
  • Character
  • Folk/Fairytales (Junior only)
  • Myths/Legends (Senior only)
  • Genre


The team being questioned earns five points for the title/character/series and three points for the author.

Author surname is sufficient, and in the case of joint authorship, only one surname is required.

Titles must be exact. The adjudicator's decision will be final in the case of any questionable team answers. If the team cannot answer the question, the opposing team has the chance to answer immediately, with two points given for title/character name and one point for the author.

The Winners:

The two teams with the highest cumulative score from both the junior and senior levels go on to play in the Grand Battle. The Grand Battle is held in the evening. The winning teams from the Grand Battle (one junior, one senior) go on to represent Oakville at the Regional Battle in May, which is held during the school day in one of the four public libraries in Halton.