Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program that was started a long time ago as a radio program for students.
In New Jersey, teams participate at the 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th, and the 7th and 8th grade levels. Students within a school are asked to read the same 15 books at their level.
Teams of 5 or 6 students are formed and compete against each other within the school to determine a team that will compete at the county level.
A countywide battle is then held in the Spring with local school districts participating.
Each grade has a Reading List for the summer and grades have highlighted books for required summer reading.
The library purchases books from these lists students may check out of the SMLS Library during the school year.