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Celebrate Reading Week - Book Review Writing Contest

Accepting Entries Now

The Celebrate Reading Week Book Review Writing Contest is accepting entries from K-12 students in Duval County now through February 24, 2023. The contest is open to public, private, and homeschool students. The best book review from each age group (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and grades 9-12) wins a $100 cash prize!

Contest Rules

  • Book reviews may include text or drawings and should not exceed 300 words
  • Submit entries via email to ilovebooks@coj.net(link sends e-mail) or fill out an entry form at your local library. You'll need to include your name, parent’s name, grade level, and contact information. Note: To ensure judging is fair and impartial, we ask that you only include your name on the entry form or in the body of the email and not on the book review itself.

Be a Guest of Honor

The four first-place winners of the Book Review Writing Contest will be notified by March 6 and announced on stage Saturday, March 9, at Jacksonville's Celebrate Reading Week Family Reading Day at James Weldon Johnson Park (across from the Main Library).

Book Review Writing Contest

PBS Kids Writers Contest

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is open to any K-3 student that wants to write and illustrate his or her own story. This special resource collection is designed to support educators as they work with students to brainstorm story ideas, hone their writing skills, and prepare their Contest entries.


When : January 1, 2024

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Resources

Mayor Deegan's River City Readers

Let’s get DUUUVAL reading! Mayor Deegan’s River City Readers is a citywide literacy challenge for school aged children that will run through 2024. The challenge will launch at the Jacksonville Main Library at a special FREE event on Saturday, January 27th, 2024.


When: January 27, 2024

Where: Jacksonville Main Library, Downtown

Mayor Deegan's River City Readers

Drop Everything and Read

D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really?

Yes, of course! We encourage you to "Drop Everything and Read" every day throughout the year. The goal of the program is to prompt people to make reading a regular part of their routine... whether they’re reading solo or together with their classmates, parents, or friends. So, go ahead and join the millions of families, schools, bookstores, and communities who have participated throughout the years and pledge to "drop" what you’re doing in order to read a good book.

As an organization, library, school, or bookstore, you can participate by hosting a “Drop Everything and Read” event at your location (or elsewhere) during the month of April. As an individual, you can participate by attending an event in your community or by reading at home with your children, siblings, or friends.


When : April 12, 2024

Drop Everything and Read Day

Be My Neighbor Day

Be My Neighbor Day invites children and families to participate in family volunteer activities that aid neighbors in need. It’s a great way to help children understand how to support others and how one kind act can lead to many.

Sign-up to do something nice for your neighbor this year.  Families can volunteer to help clean a park, make sweater goodie bags, create a greeting card or wash a fire truck.

It's a "grr-ific" way to begin a lifetime of neighborly volunteerism!


When : May 11, 2024

Be My Neighbor Day

TEACH Conference - WJCT

TEACH is a day-long conference created to engage, empower and inspire educators. Held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, educators spend the day meeting and sharing ideas with fellow educators, learning new ways to engage students, and empowering themselves to further inspire others. Led by a volunteer steering committee of educators and educational leaders, TEACH is a conference for teachers, created by teachers. TEACH is hosted by WJCT Public Media and VyStar Credit Union.


When : February 2, 2024

TEACH Conference

Kids Health Run and Walk 2023

This family-friendly event includes a 5K, 10K and a one-mile fun run kicking off at the exciting home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Starting at EverBank Stadium, East Plaza and Gate 4, courses include scenic routes through downtown, along the St. Johns River and over the iconic Hart Bridge.

All proceeds will support the Nemours Children’s Compassionate Care Fund, which restores the health of critically ill and injured children wherever the need is greatest. 

Participants of all ages will enjoy activities in the Runner’s Village, including music courtesy of our DJ, sponsor booths, a Kid Zone with games and inflatables, mascots, and plenty of photo opportunities! 

We expect 2,000+ runners, walkers and their cheerleaders to join us and hope to see you there! Individuals and teams are welcome. All 5K and 10K registrants will receive a finishers medal, and all participants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a commemorative race T-shirt. Children under 18 who register will receive a special hero cape! (while supplies last)

Kids Health Run and Walk

Read for the Record

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is the world’s largest shared reading experience and celebrates and supports children’s early language and social-emotional development. The event builds an intergenerational community through reading and raises awareness around the critical importance of early literacy and access to inclusive literature that fosters belonging and connection by reflecting children’s own experiences as well as showing the experiences of others. 

More than 26 million people have participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record and this year, you can join the thousands of schools, libraries, organizations, and communities celebrating early literacy by ordering your copies of With Lots of Love, a beautiful story about family, finding ways to stay connected, and sharing love across distances, today! 

Read for the Record day is on October 26th, 2023!

#ReadfortheRecord2023 #ShareLove

Read for the Record