The Academy Awards of Reading

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Feb. 10, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

Organize texts by genre and have students vote according to the genre category. Gather the texts and place them in a prominent place in your classroom. (Think Barnes and Noble setup!) Use voting slips to guide your students in making their decisions. Remind them that they have to read ALL of the books in the genre category before they can vote.


On the day after the Academy Awards, tally the votes and have a ceremony to bestow the awards. For added fun, use red butcher paper as a red carpet to display all the books on.

 Voting Rules:

  1. Read all of the nominees for each genre category.
  2. Use a voting slip to place your vote.
  3. You must give two to three reasons why you think this book is the best.

Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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