Review a book, get a book this summer

Review a book, get a book this summer!

During the summer, stop into a Hennepin County Library and pick up a Read Write Draw or Best Book Ever form for kids and teens. Kids and teens can either write or draw a review of a book they have read. When finished, they can return the form to a library staff member pick out a free book to keep, thanks to Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Any sort of reading works with this program – magazines, short stories, cookbooks, audiobooks and graphic novels – the format is up to the reader! The goal is to keep youth reading all summer long. Don’t worry, a formal book report is not required. What readers write or draw is completely open-ended. They can write about a character, how they could have changed the book or draw their favorite scene. Have a conversation about the book while working on the form together. It’s great to share excitement about learning new things!

“I have nothing to read!”

Need help connecting the kids in your life to great books? The library is here for you!

  • Find lists of award-wining books on our website. Some popular children’s and teen awards we have included are the Newbery Medal or the Michael L. Printz Award. Some awards you may not be familiar with – the Schneider Family Book Award, awarded to the creators of books for children and teens with the best artistic expression of the disability experience, and the Pura Belpre Medal, which is awarded annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator for a work of children’s literature that best celebrates the Latino cultural experience.
  • We also have lists of staff-reviewed books for preschoolers, children and teens. The books featured are ones that staff have loved and cannot wait to have other people read them!
  • We also have many staff-curated booklists for children and teens. Check out our picks for your child’s favorite genre.
  • When searching for a book in the library catalog, you may notice suggestions for other titles based on the one you’re searching for. For example, if you search for the book “The War that Saved My Life” you will see suggestions to read other titles similar to that one. These suggestions come from NoveList, an online resource from the library. You can also use NoveList directly to find fiction and nonfiction titles for children and teens by topic, genre, grade level, and Lexile score.
  • Ask a library staff member! We love to talk about books, and can help readers find one on the shelf or one to put on hold for later.

Read Write Draw and Best Book Ever forms are available from June 9 through August 24. Encourage the youth in your life to fill out a form, and win a free book.

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This article was written by Sarah N., Penn Lake Library.