Battle of the Books marking 25th anniversary

November 14, 2011

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Washington County Free Library’s Battle of the Books program.  

The program was inaugurated in 1986 by librarians Donna Parks and Jeff Ridgeway in an effort to bring children and books together, and to reward children who excel in reading — much like students who get rewarded for sports and music programs.  

Over the years, the program has evolved, but the goal remains the same — to pair children with books. This year is no exception. The Children’s Department staff  has selected a set of 20 books for students to read, be creative about and engage in friendly competition.  

Every student who takes part in the program will receive a new paperback book and a certificate verifying that he or she competed in the 2011-12 competition. Teams that advance to the final round will receive trophies or a gift certificate from a local business.    
Teams of children in grades four to six can register at any library outlet throughout the month of November. Creative projects are due in February and the competition takes place in March.  

For more information, call Ridgeway at 301-739-5169 or send an email to

Battle of the Books list:

  • “The Dark Hills Divide” by Patrick Carman
  • “The Egypt Game” by Zilpha Keatley Snyder“Escaping the Giant Wave” by Peg Kehret
  • “Faith, Hope, and Ivy June” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • “Half Magic” by Edward Eager
  • “Here Lies the Librarian” by Richard Peck
  • “Holes” by Louis Sachar
  • “The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place”
  • “Listening for Lions” by Gloria Whelan
  • “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli
  • “Masterpiece” by Elise Broach
  • “Matilda” by Roald Dahl
  • “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” by Rodman Philbrick
  • “One-Handed Catch” by Mary Jane Auch
  • “Sign of the Beaver” by Elizabeth George Spear
  • “Trouble Don’t Last” by Shelley Pearsall
  • “War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo
  • “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead
  • “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin
  • “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle
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