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What is the Red Cedar Book Award?
The Red Cedar Book Award is BC’s young readers’ choice award for students in grades 4 through 7.  It was launched by the Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society of BC in 1996 to encourage children to read, develop their ability to judge the quality of published works and create an awareness of the works of Canadian authors and illustrators.  Each year, 2 awards are given – 1 in the fiction category and 1 in the information book category.


Can I make a donation to the Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society of BC?
Yes! We are a registered charity and will issue charitable donation receipts for all cash donations.  Please donate via , or send a cheque to Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society of BC, c/o BCLA 150-900 Howe Street Vancouver, BC  V6Z 2M4


Can kids post reviews of the books they are reading?
Yes. Please submit reviews through the form you will find below the description of each nominated book. We will read each review and post new reviews to the website weekly.


Do I need to register?
Yes.  Please register your reading group.  Registration in the Red Cedar Book Awards program is free.  Registering will provide you with access to the group leaders’ resources.


Does my group have to select one overall winner, or does each group member get an individual vote?
Each group member can cast their own vote, as long as they have read the required number of titles. Voters should read a minimum of five books in the category (fiction or information books) that they are voting.


How do I register a group?
Registration in the program is free.  To register as a group leader, go to the Group Leaders Resource Site tab. Fill out all the information and click on submit.  Once you are registered, you will have access to the group leaders’ resources, including wall charts, voting tallies, and information about the Red Cedar program.


How does voting work?
Voting is done online via the Group Leader’s portion of the website.  Group leaders compile all votes from their reading group and enter them online at the end of April.  Voting will take place April 18-22, 2016.


How many books do kids have to read?
To vote in the fiction category, a student needs to read at least 5 of the fiction titles.  To vote in the information book category, a student needs to read at least 5 of the information titles.  Some students will be eligible to cast votes in both categories and some just in 1 or the other.


If I have other questions who do I ask?
Please email us at Red Cedar Awards with any questions that do not appear on the FAQ page.


What, when & where is the Gala?
The gala is a chance to celebrate all the hard work that the kids have put in during the course of the Red Cedar season, and to celebrate the nominated authors and illustrators.  The Gala will take place on May 7, 2016 from noon-3pm in the Alice MacKay Room of the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street).