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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books 2024

  • April 10, 2024 - Jr. High Battle of the Books (virtual)
  • April 16, 2024 - Elem. Battle of the Books (North County)
  • April 25, 2024 - Elem. Battle of the Books (South County)

See details for each event below.

SBCEO’s Battle of the Books celebrates the joy of reading as participants tackle SBCEO's uniquely curated 28-book list spanning narrative to nonfiction and poetry to graphic novels. Students gather in small, predetermined teams with participants from various schools to answer questions about books based on plot, setting, characterization, and theme. Winning teams advance through the tournament for the ultimate title of SBCEO Battle of the Books Champions.

Interested in hosting your own site-wide Battle of the Books competition? CLICK HERE to download the "Rules of the Battle."

Students celebrate after Battle of the Books.

Two team members high five after a successful battle.

Colorful battle shields on display represent the teams.

Excited students raise their hands.

A team listens closely as their question is read.

Students point to their first battle station.

Team members gather for a group photo. Teams are made up of students from around Santa Barbara County.

A team proudly displays their shield.

The crowded auditorium is full of students ready to celebrate their love of stories at Battle of the Books.