Battle of the Books


Students can celebrate reading in Westside’s Battle of the Books! The Westside Community Council will once again organize a Battle of the Books event for the 2018-2019 school year. This event is open to all 4th through 6th grade students in the District. Registration will begin in October, and the battle will be held on the morning of March 30, 2019 at Westside Middle School.


Westside’s Battle of the Books is a quiz-bowl style competition. To participate, students will form teams of three or four students. Teams may have five students, but at most four students may compete in any round. Since this is a team event, individual students do not have to read all of the books on the list to participate.


Please note that this year, each team will be expected to provide at least one parent volunteer to assist during part of the competition in addition to a team parent to accompany the team on battle day. The Battle of the Books relies on parents and volunteers to make the day a success.


For this competition, students will read the 2019 Golden Sower nominees.


  1. Soar by Joan Bauer
  2. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  3. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  4. Moo: A Novel by Sharon Creech
  5. Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
  6. Slacker by Gordan Korman
  7. Wish by Barbara O’Connor
  8. Maxi’s Secrets: (Or, What You Can Learn from a Dog) by Lynn Plourde
  9. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  10. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan


All of these books are available to borrow from the Omaha Public Library and will be available in the school libraries. If you would like to purchase books, check out The Bookworm, Half Price Books, or




How to Register

It's Time to Register for Battle of the Books!

Registration will run from October 5th - 26th.

To register and for more information, click below:

Sponsored by Westside Community Council