Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is an annual book based trivia tournament for elementary school children.

For additional information please contact Bekah Crozier, Children's Services Librarian, by email or phone 905-875-2665 ext. 3266.

Location Program Date
Milton Public Library Junior Round Robins Monday, April 3, 2017
Senior Round Robins Monday, April 10, 2017
Milton Grand Battle Monday, April 24, 2017
Halton Hills Public Library
Georgetown Library
Halton Regional Grand Battle Thursday, May 18, 2017

Section Headings

Who Plays?

Students from Milton schools in grades 3 to 5 (juniors) and grades 6 to 8 (seniors) play at the Milton Public Library.


How is it organized?

Teams of six students in Junior (grades 3-5) or Senior (grades 6-8) levels are alternately asked a set of questions based on books. The team has 30 seconds in which to give the correct author, title or character.  If the question cannot be answered by the team then the opposing team has the chance to respond immediately. 

Points are accumulated, and the team with the highest number of points goes on to the next round, called the Grand Battle. Champions of the Grand Battle will then play the champions from other areas in Halton, such as Oakville, Burlington and Halton Hills. 


Rules of the game


Each team will consist of six players composed of pairs of students from grades 3,4,5 (Junior level) or grades 6,7,8 (Senior level). In the event that two students in a particular grade are not available, students of a lower, not higher, grade may be substituted.

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

One substitute per grade will be allowed to a maximum of three. One time-out per battle between questions may be called to substitute team members.


After a warm-up practice question with no point value, each team will be asked eight questions per round from the following categories:

Each team will be asked an equal number of questions. The questions will be addressed to the teams alternately, regardless of which team gave the last correct answer. A pause for substitutions will take place after the fourth pair of questions. During the Grand Battle there will be 10 questions per round.


The team has 30 seconds to give the title/or author's surname. You do not have to know the title in order to try for author points. The question will be asked once and then the timing will start. During this time, the team may have the question repeated as well as giving as many guesses as it wishes through their spokesperson.

If at the end of the 30 seconds, the team is unable to answer the question correctly, the opposing team will be allowed the opportunity to give the title/or author and will receive bonus points if correctly answered. The answer must be immediate.



In the event of a tie, teams will be asked alternate sets of questions until the tie is broken.


Past Winners

Battle of the Book 2016 Milton Winners

Battle of the Book 2015 Milton Winners

Battle of the Book 2014 Milton Winners (Photos)

Battle of the Books 2013 Milton winners (Photos)

Battle of the Books 2012 Milton winners (Photos)

Battle of the Books 2011 Milton winners (Photos)

Battle of the Books 2010 Milton winners (Photos)

Battle of the Books 2009 Milton winners (Photos)

Battle of the Books 2008 Milton winners (Photos)

Battle of the Books 2007 Milton winners

Battle of the Books 2006 Milton winners

Battle of the Books 2005 Milton winners

Battle of the Books 2004 Milton winners

Battle of the Books 2003 Halton winners