How can I join the Panda Book Awards?
Contact Nadine Rosevear to express your interest. If you are a Follett customer, you should also contact your rep and ask them to add you to the Follett Panda mailing list.

How do I register my school for voting?
If you have told your Follett rep that you are interested in joining the Panda voting, you will get an invitation to register in December. If you are not a Follett customer, Nadine Rosevear will send you the voting registration link by email.

Is the Panda reading initiative only open to international schools in China?
The Panda Book Awards initiative aims to go beyond borders and invites schools and students from around the world to participate in reading a selection of outstanding books and vote for their favorite.

When does Panda voting take place?
Panda voting takes place every year after the Chinese New Year celebration, which happens in February or at the end of January depending on the lunar cycle. If you are registered to vote you will be informed of the specific dates.

How much time do students have to to vote?
Voting is open for two weeks.

Who is the Panda Steering Committee and what is their role?
The Panda Steering Committee consists of librarians who would like to take an active role in the Panda reading initiative. Nadine Rosevear, librarian at the International School of Beijing, is the chair of the committee. The Steering Committee discuss and agree on the final reading shortlists, create promotional materials, such as posters, bookmarks, and flyers, produce the yearly Panda scrolls for the winning authors, correspond with sponsors, and communicate with librarians and teachers from schools around the world.

I am interested in joining the Panda Steering Committee. How can I apply?
The Steering Committee for 2015-2016 has already been formed. However, you can send Nadine Rosevear an email to express interest. Generally calls to join the committee for the following year will go out in January or February.

How are the Panda titles selected?
In December the Panda wiki will feature nomination pages for the four reading categories for the next school year. For example, nominations for the awards for the 2015-2016 school year began in December of the 2014-2015 school year. You are invited to add any of your favorite titles to these pages. Make sure to request membership, as only members can edit the pages. The titles are then collated and Follett sends out a voting website to librarians and teachers on their mailing list and invites them to vote for their top titles. The Panda Steering Committee has the final say on the shortlists.

When are the Panda shortlists publicized?
The Panda shortlists are publicized in the spring. This gives schools time to purchase the books and start promoting for summer reading.

How can I promote the Panda books at my school?
Here are some suggestions that will get you started:
  • print out the Panda posters and bookmarks that are available on this wiki
  • run small competitions in homerooms with daily questions about the books
  • organize a Panda party in the library
  • book talk the Panda books to your students
  • if your students are voting manually (not online through the Follett voting site) you can display big jars for their ballots. This will create excitement as the jars start filling up.
  • promote the books to the teachers and ask them to read aloud from the books
  • purchase some copies for classroom libraries in addition to the ones you buy for the library