Do you like to read? Do you like to give your opinion? Will you be between the ages of 9-12 at some point this year? If you answered yes to all three of those questions, we would love for you to be a Cartwheel Book Awards committee member! Read on for more information, and sign up here if you want to be a committee member.
What are the Cartwheel Book Awards? We like to consider them the Kids’ Choice Awards for middle grade books. We are looking for kids who love to read who would be interested in becoming committee members.
What are committee members supposed to do? Committee members will be asked to read ten books during 2019. That comes to an average of about one book per month. All committee members will read the same ten titles and the titles have already been decided. You can find them here. Committee members will be emailed a link to a form where they can vote for their choices in seven categories: Favorite Book, Best Written, Favorite Kid, Favorite Grown-Up, Favorite Non-Human, Best Ending, and Favorite Book Cover. Committee members may vote any time before December 31 (after they finish reading the ten books, of course).
Who can be a committee member? Anybody can be a committee member but we are really looking for kids who LOVE reading. Since all of the books we nominate will be appropriate for kids ages 9-12, committee members should be in that age range for at least part of the year. Committee members can reside anywhere. Also, we choose books from a variety of genres (mystery, fantasy, adventure, etc.) and hope that our committee members are willing to give every book a try – even if they are “sure” they won’t like it! They might be surprised…
Why should I become a committee member? One reason is that you will be able to read some of the best newer books around. (All considered books for the 2020 Cartwheel Book Awards were published in 2018.) Also, we hope the publishers whose books we are considering will give us swag (cool prizes) along the way that we can pass along to you.
What is your parents’ role? Parents are expected to obtain copies of the books through local libraries or by other means. Also, please do not pressure your child to be a committee member. We want the Cartwheel Book Awards to be fun; if being a committee member starts to feel like homework to your child, it is okay if they choose to no longer serve. Please let us know if you signed up but your child decides to no longer participate.
Questions? Email Mr. Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.