School Participation

Registration for 2022-2023 is free!!

Photo submitted by M. McCorvy at St. Mary's in Orange Texas.


Holy Family Catholic School in Austin, Texas participated in the 2021-2022 voting in March and was the winner of the drawing. They received books from the 2022-2023 list to start off the new school year.

We are giving away books to any school in the US or Canada that wants to participate in the 2022-2023 school year. Register now! Drawing will take place on Friday, July 29th 4pm CST.

Fill in this simple form to register and we will email you label templates, details about the program, and the link for students to vote when voting opens in March.

Benefits of registering for the Lectio Book Award:

  • students can vote for their favorite book

  • receive communications and updates

  • Monthly newsletter featuring 2 books from the list; including bookmarks, activities, and classroom questions

  • One school that has students vote will receive free books from the 2023-2024 list to help start their Lectio collection for the following year (details to come)

  • random giveaways

  • did we mention it's free?!?

  • Follow us on Twitter @LectioBookAward or Instagram @lectiobookaward for additional announcements, resources and giveaways

Please contact for information about registration.

Read a great book? Let us know! Librarians, teachers, students, and parents are encouraged to submit books for Lectio consideration. Please go to our Suggest a Book! page and fill out the form.

Important Dates:

    • May- March: Promote this school year’s list

    • Late March: Students vote for favorite book

    • April 1: Voting ballots due. Schools are welcome to vote locally after this date, but will not be counted in the International voting contest.

    • April/May: Celebrate students’ participation in The Lectio Book Award Reading Program

    • April/May: Upcoming school year’s list announced

School Celebrations:

Each school is welcome to determine their own levels of promotion and celebration as appropriate for their school community. Some choose to offer participation rewards, while others simply offer the list as suggested list of “good books.” Participants are expected to act accordingly for their respective organization.

Suggested Reward Level:

    • 5 books – Voting for favorite book

    • 10 books – Certificate + voting

    • 15 books – Party, certificate, + voting

    • 20 books – Medal, party, certificate, + voting

Suggested Rewards:

    • Voting

    • Certificates

    • Party – Pizza, Ice Cream, Movie in the Library, etc.

    • Medals

    • T-Shirts

    • Book Giveaways (ARCs, duplicate copies of Lectio books, discounted book fair buys)

The yearly Lectio Book Award Nominee List is a list of suggested reading titles for grades 4th-8th and level of participation is determined by each individual entity. Not all books are for all readers and participants are expected to act accordingly for their respective organization. The only requirement we have is that in order to vote, the entity is registered and the voting student must have read 5 books from the current list.