Frequently Asked Questions

James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway
$2 Million and 2 Million Bonus Points for Classroom Libraries

What is the James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway?

This year, 4000 teachers won $500 and 500 Bonus Points to spend on their classroom libraries!

Why did James Patterson and Scholastic team up?

Because James Patterson and everyone at Scholastic Book Clubs agree about the crucial importance of getting books into the hands of as many kids in as many places as possible. We also know that for many children, access to quality books begins with (and too often is limited to) what their teachers can offer them in the classroom. This is why, for the fourth consecutive year, James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs teamed up to bring books into classroom libraries throughout the country.

How were winners selected?

Teachers entered the sweepstakes by filling out a form at Winners were then randomly selected from those entries.

Who was eligible to enter?

Anyone who met the following criteria:

  • Current PreK through Grade 12 teachers in a US school
  • Current legal residents of the United States

Were applicants from prior years eligible to enter?

Yes! None of the entries from prior years were kept; any past applicants could enter again as long as they remained eligible. Previous grant winners were also allowed to enter this year’s giveaway as long as they remained eligible.

How long did the entry period last?

Teachers could enter the giveaway anytime between Monday, March 19, 2018, and Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

How will this year’s winners be notified?

On September 6, 2018, winning teachers will receive a notification email and a hard-copy notification letter delivered by the USPS.

How can I see the names of winning teachers?

The list of winning teachers will be posted on September 6, 2018, at:

How will winning teachers receive the $500 and 500 Bonus Points?

Winning teachers can choose to have the $500 deposited directly into their Scholastic Book Clubs accounts, or they can request to have a check sent to them. The 500 Bonus Points will be deposited directly into winning teachers’ Scholastic Book Clubs accounts. If a winning teacher is new to Scholastic Book Clubs, we will work with the teacher to create an account for the deposit of their Bonus Points and their funds if they opt for a direct deposit.