Elementary BOB (EL BOB)

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Battle of the Books (BOB) promotes reading through introducing different genres and new literature in a game show style reading competition for fourth through eighth grade students. Teams of no more than five students are formed and encouraged to read and answer questions based upon eight selected titles. We welcome teams formed by schools as well as individual students who would like to join a library organized team.

For our fourth and fifth graders, our Elementary BOB is partnering with Portsmouth Public Library (PPL) and Chesapeake Public Library (CPL). All three library systems are using the same book list and resources, as well as have a final battle together in late Spring 2024. 

REGISTER TODAY! Last day to register is December 11, 2023

Complete the Elementary BOB registration form if you would like to participate in the 2023-2024  Battle of the Books with either PPL or SPL. Last day to register is December 11, 2023. 

Watch the Elementary School Battle of the Book 2023-2034 Introduction video.

Access the EL BOB Google Drive folder for BOB participants and coaches.

Contact Us:

For more information about Battle of the Books, please contact:

Deborah Owen (Overall)

Community Learning Senior Librarian


(757) 514-7165

Matthew Ashby (Suffolk EL BOB)

Community Learning Librarian


(757) 514-7161