Frequently Asked Questions

About James Patterson's $1.75 Million Giveaway to Support Classroom Libraries

What is the Patterson Partnership sweepstakes?

For the past few years, James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs have teamed up to bring books into schools throughout the country. The sweepstakes will award $500 and 500 Bonus Points to 3,500 teachers to create and improve their classroom libraries.

Additionally, 500 runner-up teachers will receive an exclusive collection of James Patterson titles for their classrooms.

How were winners selected?

Teachers entered by filling out a questionnaire at and provided details on how they would use the grant. Winners were then randomly selected from those entries.

How many teachers entered the sweepstakes?

There was a total of 82,662 teacher entries.

Who was allowed to enter?

Anyone who met these criteria was encouraged to enter:

  • Current legal resident of the 50 states or the District of Columbia
  • Actively teaching a PreK through 12th grade in a US school

When did the sweepstakes run?

Teachers were allowed to enter anytime between 9 a.m. ET on April 20, 2017, and 11:59 p.m. ET on July 31, 2017.

How were winners notified?

On September 7, 2017, winning teachers received an email and a hard-copy notification letter delivered by UPS.

How can I see which teachers won?

The list of winning teachers is at:

How will winning teachers receive the $500 grant from James Patterson?

Winning teachers will choose either a direct deposit into their Scholastic Book Clubs account, or a check sent via USPS mail. The notification email asked teachers to reply to the message stating which delivery method they preferred.

When will the winning teachers receive the $500 grant from James Patterson?

Teachers who ask to have the award direct-deposited into their Scholastic Book Clubs account will receive the funds within a week of responding to the notification email.

Teachers who ask to have the award sent as a check by USPS mail will be required to complete a W-9 form and must allow up to two months of processing time.

Is there an advantage to receiving your award by direct deposit?

Yes! Teachers who choose direct deposit will have access to their funds sooner.

Plus any teacher who places an order of $300 or more by September 30 will receive the maximum back-to-school rewards, for which the value is greater than $300. See the September promotion online for details.

Additionally, teachers who opt for a physical check will be responsible for submitting a W-9 form for tax purposes.

How will teachers receive the 500 Bonus Points from Scholastic Book Clubs?

The 500 Bonus Points will be directly deposited into winning teachers’ Book Club accounts. If a teacher did not provide a valid Book Club account number on the original entry form, then we either found the account number or created a new account for the teacher.

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