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Red Dot & Readers' Cup: Red Dot and Readers' Cup

A guide for Canadian International school with resources and links to books and activities for Red Dot Books and Readers' Cup competition

What are red dot books?

The Red Dot student's choice book awards are an initiative of the International School Libraries (ISLN) in Singapore.  The annual event started in 2009. 

All school libraries in Singapore (and the region) are welcome to participate. 

Books - in four age-based categories, with eight titles in each - are announced in June.   

Voting takes place between March and May.  There is an overall winner for Singapore as well as individual winners within each school.

A Readers Cup competition based on a subset of these short lists is usually held in May.

The Red Dot categories are roughly based on readers, rather than book formats or school divisions.  (NB: It is up to every librarian to determine which books are right for which classes in your school to read.)

  • Early Years (ages 3-7) -- formerly Picture Books
  • Younger Readers (ages 7-10) -- formerly Junior) -- (where Captain Underpants and Geronimo Stilton are the assumed reading level)
  • Older Readers (ages 10-14) -- formerly Middle) -- (where Inkheart and The Lightning Thief are the assumed reading level)
  • Mature Readers (ages 14-adult) -- (formerly Senior) --  (where Twilight and The Book Thief are the assumed reading level)

Shortlist titles are chosen by a committee of teacher-librarians from recent children's literature (first published in English within the past four years), with the goal of offering a range of books from around the world.  

Criteria in choosing books:

  • Mix of genres, e.g., fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic format
  • Balance of boy/girl main characters
  • Balance of nationalities
  • Published (in English) within the last 4 years  (i.e., for the year 2015-2016, books published in 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015)
  • The short lists will consist of 8 books at each level
  • Preferably only #1 if in a series
  • Preferably no repeat of an author from previous years
  • Preferably books that encourage Text-Text, Text-Self, and/or Text-World connections for students (i.e., books worth talking about)

Red Dot Early Years

Younger Readers

Older Readers