Book Selling Competition – Tai Tokerau Literacy Association

Fri 28th Jul 2017
  • Time: 4.30pm
  • Venue: Clark Road Chapel
  • Member: $10
  • Non Members: $20

Why should you consider being involved in this;

  • A real focus on making a book review come to life
  • Oral language skills, expression, persuasiveness – a great alternative to a speech competition.
  • Research and planning
  • Selling books to peers, confidence
  • A love of literature

Competition Outline

Year Group Intro & Conclusion Book Reading Total Time
Year 4 1min to cover both 1 min 2 min
Year 5-6 1.5 min to cover both 2 min 3.5 min
Year 7&8 2 min to cover both 3 min 5 min

Checklist of what is required through reading:

Introduction Introduce your book and author

Give a brief introduction about the book and passage they have chosen (characters, setting, what the story is about story plot)



Ø  Information sent out to schools mid term 2 for consideration and planning purposes.

Ø  Introduce aspects of competition into literacy programmes

Ø  Run in school competitions

Ø  Top 2 go through to competition finals

Ø  Competition finals in week of International Literacy Day Fri 8th September

Ø  Prizes awarded to top 3 in each category

Middle Have a chosen passage

Read with passion and conviction, choosing a part that has action, emotion, something that hooks your audience

End Give a brief conclusion and summary about the story, question the audience

Get people thinking what could happen

(without giving away the ending)

Things to consider

  • Choose a book that you are familiar with and have enjoyed
  • Choose a passage with few characters in, so you won’t need to change your voice for each character
  • Make sure you don’t leave the audience confused about you story
  • In your conclusion do you have thought provoking questions to hook in the audience
  • Practice Practice Practice ! so that you are confident in reading with expression

What the judges are looking for:

  • Clear voice, words pronounced correctly
  • Reading with expression and gestures
  • Eye contact (audience as well as judges)
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