This year I wanted to try to inspire kids to choose "just-right" books while they were doing independent reading. Battle of the Books is something that I wanted to do for a long time, but have never been around enough books to do it properly. I'm still not, but instead of having a book for each child, I put out 26 books with 5 or 6 copies each. Then I split the class into 6 groups. Each member of the group worked with each other to maximize the number of books they read, and at the end of 2 1/2 weeks we all came together in the library to do our battle.
The prize? An increased grant for their startup businesses in class economy.