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Battle of the Books

Inspire reading for pleasure with our Read the World challenge.

Take part in Battle of the Books: Read the World at The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

This is a difficult time for all of us in education. This project can form part of a distance learning package, with supporting materials provided below.

Battle of the Books: Read the World is open to KS3 students in Gloucestershire as part of our year-round Education and Outreach programme.

Literature has the power to transport us to places we have never been and open our minds to new perspectives. Particularly in the current situation, books are a way to explore the world beyond our own homes and communities.

Your students will read novels from our longlist (or select their own) and choose the three titles they are prepared to champion as the book that takes them on the most interesting and inspiring literary journey.
You will find the reading list and ideas for getting Battle of the Books: Read the World up and running as a distance learning opportunity below.

If your school would like to take part, please register by Friday 22 May. The reading will take place in terms 4 and 5. At the end of term 5, you’ll ask students to vote for their top three novels. You can then apply to take part in the Battle of the Books: Read the World event on 7 October 2020. (Schools can choose to include all key stages as part of a wider reading for pleasure initiative, but the event is only open to KS3.)

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Battle of the Books Materials: Getting Started

Battle of the Books Materials: Read the World Reading List

Seven schools will be selected with one student from each persuading our audience and judging panel that their chosen novel is the most successful in transporting the reader to another place.

If your school is selected to present at this unique event, you will be given a set of the seven shortlisted books.

The event will be attended by schools and is open to the public. The winning speaker will be presented with a trophy and all participants will receive a certificate.

Want to know more? Here’s a brief overview of the programme:

This initiative represents a partnership between Cheltenham Festivals and Gloucestershire Library Services for Education.