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 (2.72 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.

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

  • Groups can choose to vote for either English or French selections, or both
  • Each reader casts votes for their favourite books in the spring
  • To be eligible to vote, children must be enrolled in a registered reading group or participating through their public library
  • Each reader is entitled to one vote in each category in which they have completed at least 5 titles. Organizers should encourage children to read as many books as they can to make informed decisions. However, organizers may be flexible and exercise their discretion to encourage all readers' participation.
  • Group coordinators enter the results of their readers' voting on the official tally sheet and submit this sheet to the Hackmatack office. Votes for each book are counted by the Hackmatack Award Committee and the winner in each category (English Fiction, English Nonfiction, French Fiction, and French Nonfiction) is determined by the number of children's votes. The winners in all four categories are presented the Hackmatack Award at the annual ceremony in the spring.

7. Host an author (optional)

Find out how

8. Attend the awards ceremony (optional)

Find out how