Forest of Reading™ is wrapping up for another year. We’ve had 77 readers join us from December through to now, reading their little hearts out! While not everyone is finished, there are still a few weeks to try to catch up. Our voting night with be Thursday, April 24th from 6 – 7 pm.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Readers from Kindergarten to Grade 6 have been busy getting through 8 – 10 books in their respective categories. BLUE SPRUCE® readers must read all 10 books in order to be able to vote, but the selections were so good this year, I don’t think many kids will have a problem. For SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS®, SILVER BIRCH FICTION® and NON-FICTION, readers must complete at least eight books in order to be able to vote. So far, we have a good spattering of kids in all categories who have finished, and many who are doing their best to get there.
CAN MY CHILD VOTE EVEN IF THEY HAVEN’T READ ALL THE BOOKS?
Sorry, they MUST read all the books required in their category. We do this so that they’ll have a better sense of all the books in order to make a good comparison. Plus, it’s a challenge, and we want them to try to meet it. But don’t worry, if they haven’t read enough books, they can still come to the party.
THERE’S A PARTY?
Of course! When the kids come to vote, we’ll give them a secret ballot, and they’ll be able to go to one of the confidential polling stations in the library to choose their favourite book. After, we’ll have a fun party in the back room! There will be cake, prizes for those who have finished, and maybe even a special certificate or two. And once all the votes are in, we’ll do a special tabulation and announce the winners chosen in our library. This is the best part of the evening, usually!
SO, IS THAT IT?
No! Once we have all our votes in here, we send our votes off to Toronto and they are compiled with the rest of the province. Sometime in May, the final winning books will be announced on the Forest of Reading page. Don’t worry, you don’t have to check back. We’ll post the winning books here on the blog and in the library. I wonder if we’ll pick all the winners this year? The winning author and/or illustrator are given a very special award. After all, the book was chosen as the best one by all the most important people reading it….the kids!
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD CAN VOTE?
We’ve been posting a voting list in the library for the last few weeks. If your child has been coming in and marking off their books as they read, we’ll have them on the “almost ready to vote list”, or the “Vote List”. If they haven’t been marking off their books, there is still time! And it’s the ONLY way I’ll know they’re ready. Otherwise, we won’t be on our voting list. So, come on by the library and see where your child is at. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing them on Voting Night, ready to choose!