I am not quite sure how it will work out next year but we will take it one step at a time. I can bring 12 students to the competition. Only 6 students are allowed to participate per round. My goal is to meet once a week to discuss a book, practice how to compete, and review previous books. One thing when participating in Battle of the Books, students will have to reread the books just to keep the details straight. In the competition they are given a detail from a book and as a group they give the judges a name of one of the books as their answer. We will practice this all year. Competition is usually in March. Summer is a great way to read some of the books and to see if this is something worth pursuing. All books do not have to be read by the beginning of the school year. I typically want all books read by December so they can reread in January and February.
Do you have the list of books for next year? If not, click for here for one. Accessing books is a little tricky at the moment. Because of what is happening, the libraries are not physically opened for browsing but... you can place a "to go" order for books using your library card. "Hickory Public Library will offer “Library To-Go” pickup service for library books, music, and movies between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Patrons may request holds on materials through their online library accounts and over the phone by dialing (828) 304-0500. Items will be packed and ready to pick up by 10 a.m. the following day."
Online book sources: https://www.hickorync.gov/content/digital-resources- Libby is a great App that can be downloaded to a phone or iPad to retrieve books online using your library card. If you use the resource on a chromebook or desktop it will be North Carolina Digital Library. You will probably find a link on the resources page from the library. Audible is another source that is probably free right now. (audiobooks are great when rereading the book because you can hear details you might have missed.)
I have copies at school of the books and when we are able to return my ebob students are the first ones to check those out.
Other places: check with neighbors, previous ebob students, yard sales, thrift stores, or you can purchase them through Barnes n Noble or Amazon.