Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Voting for 2023 titles is now open!

It's that time again. Submit your vote for how much you would like us to read each possible title for Battle of the Books. Participants in the competition (teens ages 11-17) will get three free copies of the books to keep, and will work as a team throughout the summer to discuss the books, culminating in the ultimate book trivia competition on July 22nd.

At this stage, we are choosing between nominated titles. The ballot breaks up into sections of five graphic novels, five books-in-verse (well, one is in letters), and ten traditional prose novels. You are not required to score every book in order to submit a vote. For the competition, your vote will narrow these down to one winner from each category.

So vote now and check back in the future to register for your team!

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Author Visit

The 2023 Battle of the Books will include an author visit. Past visiting authors have included Victoria Jamieson, Lynn MatsonG. Neri, and last year's Jasmine Warga. During the author visit, you'll get to watch something they've prepared, and then have the opportunity to ask them questions.

Who will it be this year? That has not yet been decided, and is partly in your hands. We typically seek to invite the author of one of the competing book titles. In the coming month, you will be able to vote on which books you hope we will read. If one of the winning titles is by an author you'd like to see, you've greatly increased the odds that they will be the visiting author. So be on the lookout for that voting form, most likely to come in March.

collage of the 20 BOTB nominated book covers

In the coming months, look to this space to vote on book titles, register for teams, and see the winners for the 2023 Battle of the Books!



Congratulations to our winners of the 2022 Battle of the Books trivia competition!

1st Place: Millhopper Branch

2nd Place: Waldo Branch

3rd Place: Headquarters Library

Alachua County teen participants were given free copies of of selected books to read over the summer to prepare to flex their trivia skills at the annual Battle of the Books. The competition took place July 23 at 2 p.m. on Zoom.

This year Alachua County teens selected the following books:

  • One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  • They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Thank you to RTI Surgical for their donation to make the book giveaway possible.