The Panda Book Award, initiated in 2008 by librarian Nadine Dewit Rosevear, invites students and teachers from participating international schools in China and beyond to vote for their favorite book published in the previous two to three school years.
Titles chosen for the shortlists of the Panda Book Award meet selection criteria that focus on social justice, diversity, and inclusion by up-and-coming authors and illustrators from across the world. There is an added spotlight on titles that feature Asian settings, characters, or creators.
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 six separate title lists according to age level:
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.
Fill out the registration survey (see left-hand side of the page). This will ensure that your school's name will appear on the Panda voting site that you will receive by email in the lead-up to voting.
Your students will have three weeks to cast their votes.
November - January: nominating titles for next year
July – August :
September – Chinese New Year: activities in schools culminating in voting
After the voting: the winners are...