Each spring Williamsburg Regional Library hosts the Battle of the Books, a book-based, Jeopardy-style trivia competition played by local and regional school teams. WRL librarians select lists of 12 great books each for grades 4 – 5 and ­6 – 8. Multiple copies of these books are available at both library locations throughout the year. Public and private schools and homeschool groups form teams in the fall or winter to practice for competitions run by their local libraries; the winners from each region then compete at WRL for the glory of the regional championship trophy.

The participating regions are Williamsburg/James City County, York County, Newport News, Hampton, and Poquoson. If you are interested in joining or forming a team at your school, please contact your school media specialist.

Check out the links below for the 2021-22 battle lists and book trailers.

Watch the trailers for the 4-5th Grade list here:

Watch the trailers for the 6-8th Grade list here:

Battle lists make excellent general reading lists as well!

Click on the links below to browse old lists for new reads.

battle list

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battle list grades 6-8

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Congratulations to our local competition winners from the 2020 Battle!

2020 local battle winners