How to Participate

1. Put a reading club together

Who can participate?

  • Grade 4, 5, or 6 class in a school (ages 9-12)
  • A club formed by staff in a public or school library
  • A club formed by a parent or a community organization

Club Size?

The size of the club is up to you. Before COVID-19 we recommended clubs of 10-30 readers, but if you have a reader who wants to take part on their own, or if they form a small club with a few of their friends, you’re more than welcome to register.

2. Register

Click here to register online
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Mail us a cheque:
Click here for our mail-in registration form
Click here for our full registration brochure

3. Log in and download the Project Kit

Hackmatack reading clubs get exclusive access to our project kits, which include discussion topics and activity ideas, author bios, reading logs, printable reader certificates, and more.

4. Get the books

Many libraries have Hackmatack shortlisted titles available to borrow. If youre buying books, you can order them from any bookseller that offers delivery.

There are a number of independent booksellers in Atlantic Canada, and some are able to offer discounts on Hackmatack shortlisted titles. They’re happy to take your order and help you arrange for delivery or pickup. Click here for the list (we love our independent booksellers).

5. Read

Keep track of what your club members have read. The project kit includes reading log sheet as well as club progress charts.

6. Vote

  • To be eligible to vote, readers must be registered with Hackmatack and read at least 5 of our shortlisted books in a single category. Readers can vote for English selections, French selections, or both.
  • There are official voting tally sheets in the project kits for club leaders to submit to Hackmatack. Votes are counted at the Hackmatack office and the winner in each category (English Fiction, English Nonfiction, French Fiction, and French Nonfiction) is announced at the Hackmatack Award ceremony in the spring.

7. Attend a virtual author visit (if you like)

Nominated Hackmatack authors from across Canada will be available for virtual visits with registered Hackmatack clubs. Details to be announced.

If we can’t have in-person author visits during award week, we hope to have Facebook Live author presentations in French and English in the days leading up to the award presentation. The Facebook Live sessions will be open to anyone who can tune in.

If your Hackmatack club is interested in attending a virtual visit, please send an email to hackmatack@hackmatack.ca to get details and determine author availability.

Author visits are made possible thanks to the generous assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Nova Scotia Department of Education, and the New Brunswick Public Library Service, as well as with the partnership of a number of regional libraries.

8. Attend the awards ceremony (if you can)

Will there be an in-person ceremony in 2021? No one knows yet. We’ll make an announcement when we have more information.

9. Share your success stories!

Hackmatack reading clubs have all kinds of creative fun and great discussions with the books. Let us know what you’re up to! Share your experiences with other clubs. Just email hackmatack@hackmatack.ca and we will post them on our social media channels.

Do you have more questions? Check out our FAQ