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Battle of the Books

Let the battle begin! The Battle of the Books is a fabulous partnership between public libraries and schools in Durham Region! If you want to motivate students who enjoy reading, get a team together and match wits with some of the best readers in town or even across the Durham Region. Registration begins mid-September.

Each year in April, the "Battle of the Books" teams from schools in Oshawa meet for the Semi-Battle competition. The top three teams from each division go on to the Final Battle to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. The gold medal winners are awarded a trophy for their school and go on to compete in the Regional Championship.

The Battle of the Books is hosted at two levels: the junior division is for students in grades 4 - 6 and the senior division is for students in grades 7 and 8. The past champions of Battle of the Books can be found here:
Past Champions
Congratulations to Coronation PS who won the 2016 Regional Final in both Junior and Senior divisions! Well done!

Here are the official rules & booklists for the 2017 competition:

Junior Booklist 2017

Senior Booklist 2017

Note changes:
We will not include the Forest of Reading titles this year. Instead we will incorporate new Canadian titles into the regular list for a book total of 30 per division. This is six less books. We will also be reducing the number of questions from 12 to 10 per round. We will also increase the weight of the scoring to the Lightning Round to 5 points, up from 3 points. Please contact Alison (see below) if you have any questions.

Key Dates for 2017:
Registration: Due Friday January 27, 2017

Oshawa Semi-Final:
Junior - Wednesday April 19, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. (Note day change)
Senior - Thursday April 20, 2017 - 12:30 p.m.

Oshawa Final Battle:
Junior - Tuesday April 25, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. (McLaughlin Branch auditorium)
Senior to follow.

Regional Final:
Thursday April 27, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. (Junior) and 8:00 p.m. (Senior)
Host: Oshawa Public Libraries
Location: Northview Community Centre Gymnasium

Not enough funds to purchase books for your school library? Oshawa Public Libraries orders multiple copies of each title. See for more information or contact Alison McCullough, Community Engagement Librarian at 905-579-6111 ext. 5256 or