The New Mexico Battle of the Books encourages the youth of New Mexico to read books, have fun, and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of books. Battle of the Books is a book-related competition for students in grades 3-8. Students are quizzed about books that they have read from the designated Battle of the Books reading list. Teams are sponsored by schools or public libraries, and will compete in either the Elementary or Middle School Divisions. Students in grades 3-5 compete in the Elementary Division, while students in grades 7-8 compete in the Middle School Division. 6th graders can participate in both Elementary School and Middle School levels. While teams enter the Statewide Battle as a group, participants then compete as individuals on teams that consist of students from all over the state.