Battle of the Books 2023

Is your school ready to take on this challenge?

Each year in April, the "Battle of the Books" teams from schools in Oshawa, led by a teacher or teacher-librarian, meet for the Semi-Battle competition. The top three teams from each division go on to the Final Battle to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals. The gold medal winners are awarded a trophy for their school and go on to compete in the Regional Championship.

The Battle of the Books is hosted at two levels: the junior division is for students in grades 4 - 6 and the intermediate division is for students in grades 7 and 8.

For more information about book lists, rules, key dates, and more for Battle of the Books 2023:

Click here for Junior
Click here for Intermediate

See for more information, or contact Alison Yntema, Community Engagement Librarian, at 905-579-6111 ext. 5256 or

Important Dates:

  • Sept. 23, 2022: Registration Starts
  • Sept. 23, 2022: Book Lists Released
  • Jan. 27, 2023: Registration Deadline
  • Apr. 18, 2023 at 12:00PM: Junior SemiFinals (virtual)
  • Apr. 20, 2023 at 12:00PM: Intermediate SemiFinals (virtual)
  • Apr. 25, 2023 at 12:00PM: Junior, followed by Intermediate Finals
  • Apr. 27, 2023 at 6:30PM: Junior Regional Finals
  • Apr. 27, 2023 at 8:00PM: Intermediate Regional Finals   

Regional finals will be hosted by Clarington Public Library.

Congratulations to all 2022 participants!

junior book battle winners

    Congratulations, Walter E Harris PS!

intermediate book battle winners

    Congratulations, Coronation PS!

Results of the Oshawa finals, held virtually on April 5th:


  1. Walter E Harris PS
  2. Jeanne Sauvé PS
  3. Sunset Heights PS


  1. Coronation PS
  2. Jeanne Sauvé PS
  3. Adelaide McLaughlin PS

Also participating was Sir Albert Love CS and Walter E Harris PS in the Intermediate semi-finals.

At the Regional Finals, held virtually on April 7th, we are proud to announce that Walter E Harris PS placed third for the bronze medal in the Junior Division and Coronations PS won the gold medal for the Intermediate division. Congratulations! #Oshawastrong

Registration for the 2023 season will begin mid-September.

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