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Rank Your Favorite Reads In Our Ultimate Title Match



The Mensa Foundation’s Excellence in Reading program has helped to encourage a love of reading among thousands of children in homes, schools, and libraries across the globe. For that reason, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use the long-loved Excellence in Reading book lists as the basis for our 2024 Mensa For Kids Battle of the Books. To kick off the new year, visitors to have the chance to vote in a bracket-style tournament to determine the ultimate literary champion.

Which book will have what it takes to win this literary challenge? Vote every week to help your favorites go through. The challenge is open to Mensa members and non-members, so share with a friend and start debating now. May the best book win!

How does it work?

There are two concurrent tournaments – an Excellence in Reading Bracket Tournament made up of books from the Excellence in Reading grades 4-12 list and a Junior Excellence in Reading Bracket Tournament made up of books from the K-3 list. Voting is currently underway with your votes deciding which books advance in each round.

Stay up-to-date on each week's winners by visiting to see which titles advanced through to the next round.


K-3 Bracket Voting

  • Chapter Books
  • Cultural and Folk Tales
  • Animal Stories
  • Wildcard

4-12 Bracket Voting

  • Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • Required Reading
  • Use Your Imagination
  • Wild Card

Voting Timeline

First round
Jan. 12 - 19
Second round
Jan. 19 - 26
Third round
Jan. 26 - Feb. 2
Fourth round
Feb. 2 - 9
Fifth round
Feb. 9 - 16
Championship round
Feb. 16 - 23 (voting ends)

Winners will be announced on World Book Day, March 2!