Online Winter Reading Contest

Reading Contest for Kids

For Readers Ages 12 & under.

Registration Begins January 6, 2018

Submit reviews from January 6, 2018 through March 17, 2018


Book Reviews

Winter reading participants are asked to write brief book reviews, each of which counts as an entry in a prize drawing.

The more books you submit, the more chances you have to win! Submissions can be Adult, Teen or Juvenile Fiction and Non-Fiction.

**Each book counts once, if you read a series, make sure to enter each book separately in order to get more submissions!**

What MUST be included:

  1. Title and author of the book
  2. Brief description of the book, no spoilers please!

·         Original reviews and descriptions only, please do not copy an existing review or description of the book.

3. Did you like the book?...Why or why not?

·         You may also include: Are there similar authors or books others might like? Have you liked other books by the author?

The reviews are subject to approval by staff librarians. The library reserves the right to edit or remove reviews that do not follow these guidelines.

Who Can Participate?

The contest is open to children ages 12 and under who reside in Erie County, or who are eligible to sign up for a library card in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

 Kids ages 13-16 can register in the Teen Contest.

You do not need to have a library card to enter the contest.


Additional Guidelines:


There will be one winner at each participating branch. The branch level winner will receive an gift card.

There will be one system-wide winner for the Kids Winter Reading Contest Grand Prize-

An Amazon Fire Kindle!

Winners will be notified by email or telephone after March 26, 2018.

Library staff are not eligible to win.

Questions: Call 858-8900


The Children’s Programming Team will be responsible for monitoring the contest and administering prizes.


All participants who have submitted reviews in the Online Winter Reading Contest will be entered into the random drawing.

Each review written counts as one ballot in the drawing. At the conclusion of the contest one name will be randomly drawn.


Upon Registration, each contestant will identify their local library and will be eligible to win one of 37 branch level prizes…a gift card to! The winner of the gift card will be randomly drawn from the pool of other participating contestants at each individual participating library branch. 

Each review written counts as one ballot in the drawing.

Winners of the branch-level prize are still eligible to win the systemwide grand prize.

If you have previously participated, you will have to create a new profile with a new username and password for the Winter Reading Contest.

All participants’ records are deleted shortly after the conclusion of the contests each season.

Contest registration ends on March 17, 2018.


Winner will be contacted after March 26, 2018.


When the Winter Reading Contest winner comes to claim a prize, the winner must present an acceptable form of ID.


A list of acceptable forms of ID can be found in B&ECPL’s Borrower Information toward the bottom of the page, under “How to Apply for a Library Card”


If a winner does not claim their prize within 60 days the library has the discretion to withdraw the prize entirely.