How to Participate

1. Put a reading group together

Who can participate?

Not part of a group? Ask at your public library for how to participate on your own. Organizers may add children who are either younger or older if they feel that they would benefit from the program.

Group Size?

Although there is no set minimum of readers to form a group, we recommend a minimum of 10 readers. The recommended maximum group size is approximately 30 children (one class).

2. Register

Registration form (1.95 MB)

3. Download the Project Kit

Project Kit

4. Get the books

Participating bookstores

Need financial support?

Need support for book purchases or increased access to the nominated books? Try asking your Parent-Teacher Association or local business for their support. Your local public libraries are involved with the Hackmatack program and are interested in collaborating with schools to support reading groups.

The NS Teacher's Association for Literacy and Learning offers Hackmatack book-buying grants to teachers attending their inservice in late October each year. Contact Bonnie Boulter, bjboulter@eastlink.ca for more information.

5. Read

Keep track of what your readers have read

The Project Kit includes log sheets for readers to fill out, as well as group progress charts to keep track of how your group is doing.

6. Vote

How it works

7. Host an author (optional)

Find out how

8. Attend the awards ceremony (optional)

Find out how