School Participation

A young girl sitting in bed reading Things Seen from Above and looking up to smile at the camera.
A boy sitting against the side of his bed and reading A Bowl Full of Peace.
A girl sitting on the floor of the library reading Thanku: Poems of Gratitude

Registration for 2021-2022 is free!!

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

  • New for 2021-2022: monthly newsletter featuring 2 books from the list; including bookmarks, activities, and classroom questions

  • New for 2021-2022: one school that has students vote will receive free books from the 2022-2023 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 lectioba@gmail.com 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.