Looking for a great list of books for your elementary school student this summer? Check out the Naperville Public Library's “Battle of the Books” list now on our website and find the books in a special display at all three buildings
Current research demonstrates the importance of reading over the summer so students don’t lose their reading skills. Recent research by Dominican University showed that students who participate in public libraries’ summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those students who did not participate.
That’s not all; students who participated in a public library summer reading program did not experience summer reading loss and began the next school year with more confidence.
A tradition of more than 20 years in Naperville, the “Battle” is an exciting program for kids going into fourth and fifth grades. The program is a partnership between the , elementary schools, and .
The Battle of the Books list includes 40 titles, both fiction and non-fiction. Some books are short and some stretch past the 200-page mark. District 203 fourth- and fifth-grade students read these titles and then compete against each other to see how carefully they read and can recall the contents.
Teams are formed and each school sends their very best to district-wide finals always held the last week in April.
The Battle list provides an excellent summer reading enjoyment even if your child isn’t old enough to participate or doesn’t go to a District 203 school.
“The Battle books are carefully selected by teachers and librarians. Any book with a Battle label at the library, even from the past lists, is a great recommendation for summer reading,” said Rashmi Mehrotra, the Children’s Services Supervisor Battle coordinator for Naperville Public Library.
For more information about the Battle list or other reading suggestions call one of the Children’s Services departments, the general number is 630-961-4100, and the extensions are: Nichols Library, ext. 6128; Naper Boulevard Library, ext. 2208; and 95th Street Library, ext. 4961. If you need accessibility information, call Lisa West 630-961-4100, ext. 2231.