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Welcome to the Panda Book Awards


READ some good books
SHARE your thoughts
NETWORK with students from participating schools
VOTE for your favorite.


What is the Panda Book Award?


The Panda Book Award initiative invites students and teachers from participating international schools in China and beyond to vote for their favorite book published in the previous two years. The Panda Book Steering Committee, which includes an international representation of school librarians, is responsible for collecting input from schools, advertising the initiative, and organizing the voting.
There are four separate title lists according to age level:
  • Young Readers (4 to 6 years) – picture books - Elementary School
  • Middle Readers (7 to 10 years) – chapter books - Elementary School
  • Older Readers (11 to 14 years) – Middle School
  • Mature Readers (15 to 18 years) – High School

The panda was chosen as the program’s mascot as it holds a special place in the hearts of the Chinese people and is a symbol of peace and a token of forging friendly ties. The Panda Book Award reading program promises to take our students on an exciting reading adventure. Classroom teachers, language arts teachers, and librarians are encouraged to distribute the reading lists to their students and to incorporate them into their daily teaching.

How can schools participate?

There are two ways you can join the Panda Book Awards reading initiative. Please do this before December of each year.

  1. Contact Nadine Rosevear - librarian at the International School of Beijing - to let her know that your school is interested in participating in the annual Panda Book Awards voting. She will make sure that your school will be registered for voting.
  2. Respond to the survey that will be sent to librarians' groups in China (Beijing Librarians Network - BJLN, Shanghai Librarians Network, Pear River Delta Librarians, Shanghai Librarians Network - SLN) at the end of November.This will ensure that your school's name will appear on the Panda voting site that you will receive by email in the first week after Chinese New Year. Your students will have two weeks to cast their votes.

The Panda Award yearly timeline


February : nominating titles for next year
  • Each participating school nominates lists of titles. These lists are discussed by the Panda Book Steering Committee who will take into consideration individual schools’ requests.
  • The Steering Committee will decide on the final lists and make these public by mid April. This gives participating schools time to order multiple copies of the titles to arrive over the summer.

July – August :
  • Schools may promote the titles through a summer reading program.

September – February : activities in schools culminating in voting
  • Schools organize reading promotion activities and plan.
  • The Panda Book Steering Committee organizes the student and teacher voting sessions to be done during the week after Chinese New Year.

February : and the winners are....
  • The Steering Committee meets to count votes and confirm the winners of the Panda Book Awards.
  • Winning authors are contacted as soon as possible and are sent their Panda Award Winner scroll.

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For further questions, email Nadine Rosevear