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Kids’ choice: Read & vote for a chance to win!

Posted on November 4, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley

Reading experts agree that choice plays an essential role in developing a lifelong love of reading. So if you want to raise a reader, let your child choose the books they read.

Kids get to pick the winners of the Readers Choice Book Awards—a built-in motivator to read! This year, we’re encouraging kids to read and vote for their favorite books from those nominated for the Washington Library Association Readers Choice Awards.

Not only do kids get to choose which books they like best, when they read and vote in the library’s reading challenge, they are entered for a chance to win their own copies of nominated books.

Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award

This reading category is for kids in grades K–3. These young students read, or have read to them, the nominated titles before voting on their favorite. Votes are due by April 15, 2021.

Sasquatch Book Award

Kids in grades 4–6 read and vote for this award. Twelve great chapter books have been nominated by teachers and librarians across Washington state. Students can participate in the voting process by reading at least two of the nominees. Votes for this award are due by May 28, 2021.

Evergreen Teen Book Award

The winner of this award is chosen by teens in grades 7–12. This award includes a middle school list for students in grades 7–8 and a high school list for those in grades 9–12. Students may read from and vote on either list, but must read at least two novels from the same list in order to vote. Votes are due by March 31, 2021.


Participating in the reading challenge is easy!

First, you sign up for the specific challenge for your age group. You can sign up at the Beanstack web page or using the Beanstack app.

Next, start reading the nominated books. Once you’ve read the minimum required number of books, you unlock the voting ballot and can vote for your favorite. Voting enters you for a chance to win a set of three of the nominated titles. The prize drawings will take place after voting closes for each award.

There will be multiple winners for each reading challenge, and the book prizes have been provided by the Friends of the Deer Park, Cheney, Medical Lake, Moran Prairie, Argonne, and Fairfield Libraries.

I look forward to seeing which books are your favorites!

Gwendolyn Haley

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