Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is an annual book based trivia tournament for Milton elementary school children in grades 3 through 8.

For additional information please contact:

Bekah Crozier, Children's Services Librarian, by email, or phone 905-875-2665 ext. 3266.


Eileen Gallagher, Children’s Information Associate, by email, or phone 905-875-2665 ext. 3286.

Congratulations to our 2019 Battle of the Books Winners

Our Lady of Fatima - Junior
Guardian Angels - Senior

All about Battle

Why Participate?

Battle of the Books is a literacy-building program that is a great way to get kids excited about reading and to help them branch out in their reading choices. It also encourages good sportsmanship and fair play.

Spirit of Fun:

While we call it a ‘battle’ we always try to maintain a spirit of fun and fair play to help ensure that even those teams who do not win still have a fun time.


During each round, pairs of teams face off against each other in various locations around the Library. When the round is complete, scores are tallied and the teams move to their next battle. Each team plays an equal number of battles.

Team Makeup:

Each team has a maximum of nine players, with six members from each battling at any one time. Halfway through the battle, teams may substitute three players. Junior level teams have up to three students from grades three, four and five. Senior level teams have up to three students from grades six, seven and eight. A maximum of two students from each grade may play at any given time. However, if you do not have enough players from a certain grade, you may substitute younger children for older, but not vice versa.

One team member should be chosen to be the spokesperson. While the team is encouraged to quietly discuss the possible answers, all answers must be given through the spokesperson.


In a round robin battle, teams are asked questions based on books. Questions alternate between the two teams. A team has 30 seconds in which to give the correct author and/or title. During the round robins, teams will be asked eight questions per round. During the Grand Battle, there will be 10 questions per round. There are eight categories in a regular round robin, and ten at regionals.  The categories in random order are;

New (books published in 2018-2019),
Folk/Fairy-tale (junior)
Myths/Legend (senior)
Genre - historical, graphic novel, sci-fi/fantasy, humorous, mystery,  
Classic (*senior only),
Picture book (*junior only)
Award Winners* (from 2010-2019) *see Award Winner list for more info.


The team being questioned earns five points for the title/character/series and three points for the author. Author surname is sufficient, and in the case of joint authorship, only one surname is required. Titles must be exact. The adjudicator's decision will be final in the case of any questionable team answers.  If the team cannot answer the question, the opposing team has the chance to answer immediately, with two points given for title/character name and one point for the author. A cumulative score will be kept for each team and the winners will be notified by the end of the tournament day

The Winners:

The two teams with the highest cumulative score from both the junior and senior levels go on to play in the Grand Battle. The Grand Battle is held in the evening. The winning teams from the Grand Battle (one junior, one senior) go on to represent Milton at the Regional Battle in May, which is held during the school day in one of the four public libraries in Halton.


Spectators are allowed to watch the battles, but space is limited and we cannot guarantee a good view of the events. 

Location Program Date
Milton Public Library,
Beaty Branch

Junior Round Robins Cancelled
Milton Public Library,
Beaty Branch

Senior Round Robins Cancelled

Milton Public Library,
Beaty Branch

Grand Battle Cancelled

Milton Public Library
Sherwood Branch

Halton Regional Battle Cancelled

In late fall, the Children's Services Librarian sends a registration package to all elementary schools in Milton.  The team entry forms are due back in late January and the team rosters are due in late March.