Kids and Teens: WIN cash for book reviews!

Monday, March 6, 2023

Book Review Writing Contest. Kids & Teens: You could win $100 in cash!

#What's Your Favorite Book And Why?

Do your kids and teens love reading and talking about books? They could win $100 in cash and be our Guests of Honor at a special celebration - all about reading - downtown by the Main Library on Saturday, April 1!

#Writing Prompt

All we're asking them to do is write about their favorite book and tell us why other people should read it. The most persuasive book review from each age group (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and grades 9-12) wins!

#Accepting Entries Now

The “Celebrate Reading Week” Book Review Writing Contest is accepting entries from K-12 students in Duval County now through March 10, 2023. Contest is open to public, private and homeschool students.

  • Book reviews may include text or drawings and should not exceed 300 words
  • Email entries to with the reviewer’s name, parent’s name, grade level and contact information. Or, fill out an entry form at your local library.

Note: To ensure judging is fair and impartial, we ask that you include the reviewer’s name only on the attached entry form or email and not on the book review itself.

#Celebrating Readers

The four first-place winners of the Book Review Writing Contest will be notified by March 29 and announced on stage at Jacksonville's "Celebrate Reading Week" Family Reading Day on April 1 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at James Weldon Johnson Park (across from the Main Library). The event also includes a book character parade, your favorite PBS characters, face painters, balloon twisters, crafts, and more!

Click here for the full schedule of events.

Jacksonville's official "Celebrate Reading Week" runs March 27 through April 1 and includes special appearances by local and nationally-known authors.

Celebrate Reading Week

#Our Community Partners

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    Kids Hope Alliance (KHA) is a funding agent for the City of Jacksonville. KHA invests millions annually in children's and youth programs and services in Duval County.

  • Jacksonville Public Education Fund logo

    The Jacksonville Public Education Fund works tirelessly to close the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color in Duval County.

  • Early Learning Coalition of Duval logo

    The mission of the Early Learning Coalition of Duval is to lead and support the early learning community in building the best foundation for children from birth to five.

  • READ USA logo

    READ USA truly believes in the power of book choice and book ownership to change the trajectory of a student and family’s future.

  • Duval County Public Schools logo

    Duval County Public Schools is the 20th largest school district in the nation and the sixth largest school district in Florida.

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    Read Jax is a community effort to improve third grade reading scores of students in Duval County.

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    WJCT Public Media is the community-owned public media organization serving Jacksonville and the First Coast since 1958.

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