:: News, Notices & What's New ::


ABB is using a group of literary editors to review and edit our thousands of questions. This will take 3 years and constant review. We are increasing the number of questions per book so we can offer 12 rounds of questions for every level of questions for most of our book lists.


ABB takes the month of July off so our volunteer member staff can take a summer break. You can still reach us through emails or phone calls but please have patience for us to get back to you.

ABB’s Membership Order Form will have the option to order questions for the present school year and next school year (or previous year). This will allow our members to plan ahead for their competitions. However, we do not mail questions to our members until the 1st week of October each school year.

ABB will no longer be reimbursing membership fees for questions/rounds that were ordered incorrectly by our members. Please make sure you are ordering the 'membership(s)' for the booklist(s) and grade level(s) you need. If you have questions or are not sure, as to which membership(s) to order, please contact us first before sending in your membership form with your check.

The Starter Kit (forms, CD & DVD): This is a packet of forms, judging sheets, letters, and a host of other items you might need to conduct a battle at your school site. These are examples of a school district’s competition and the forms were designed for a district wide competition, but these forms will give you examples for generating/creating specific forms for your competition.

The graphics & logos CD is designed to be read by your computer. All graphics are ready to go to a graphic printer to make banners, posters, t-shirts, letterheads, etc. You can add or take away from the designs and combine the logos with your school colors and symbols.

The DVD will not work in a computer; it is designed to play in a DVD player only. We no longer offer Deluxe Memberships but visuals in the DVD show how battle of the books works in many parts of the country as well as the four styles of competition ABB has developed.

What's New

ABB has changed the number of titles in our Standard book lists. We now will have 28 titles in the Standard book lists, no longer 30 titles which ABB offered for almost 30years.

ABB reading program does meet Common Core Standards/Guidelines, as well as, all 50 States reading/literature standards by analyzing and describing in depth characters, settings, and plots; developing reading perseverance; finding main ideas and details in literature; and the development of vocabulary and sentence structure. The concept 'battle of the books' does not tell a student ‘how to think or reason’ but rather gives knowledge to a student, so he or she may think independently and academically grow in skills of higher-level thinking.

Check out our new Christian School Booklists. They were created for the Christian Schools in America.

Short 12 Book List Membership - includes 12 rounds of questions of 24 questions each for the 10 titles/books lists, for use at local school site competitions only.

Medium 20 Book List Membership - includes 12 rounds of questions of 24 questions each for the 20 titles/books lists, for use at local and district/county level competitions.

Standard 28 Book List Membership - includes 12 rounds of questions of 24 questions each for the 30 titles/books lists, for use at local and district/county competitions.

Elite 36 Book List Membership - includes 12 rounds of questions of 24 questions each for the 36 titles/books lists, for use at local, county, and state level competitions.

High School Book Lists Membership has three book lists. The 10-12 grade reading list is on a three-year rotation cycle while the other two book lists remain the same each year. All book lists include 12 rounds of questions of 24 questions.