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MS Library: Panda Books 24/25

 Panda Book Awards 2024-2025

       22 BOOKS, 3 AWARDS

About Panda Book Awards

What is the Panda Book Award?

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:

  • Early Years Readers (3-5 years) - picture books - Elementary School
  • Younger Readers (5-8 years) – picture books - Elementary School
  • Middle Readers (7 to 11 years) – chapter books - Elementary School/Middle School
  • Middle Readers Graphic Novels (7 to 11 years) - Elementary School/Middle 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?

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.

The Panda Award yearly timeline

November - January: 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 March. This gives participating schools time to order multiple copies of the titles to arrive over the summer.
  • Obido is the official book supplier for the Panda Book Awards in mainland China.

July – August :

  • Schools may promote the titles through a summer reading program.

September – Chinese New Year: activities in schools culminating in voting

  • Schools organize reading promotion activities and plan.
  • Promotional materials (flyers, posters, bookmarks) are created yearly and available for download.
  • The Panda Book Steering Committee organizes the student and teacher voting sessions to be done during a period of three weeks after the Chinese New Year holiday

After the voting: the winners are...

  • The Steering Committee meets to count votes and confirm the winners of the Panda Book Awards.
  • Winning authors, illustrators, and translators are contacted as soon as possible after winning.

MS Panda books list - Middle Nominees (Graphic Novel)

MS Panda books list - Middle Nominees (Novel)

MS Panda books list - Older Nominees