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2020 Scholastic Book Clubs & James Patterson Classroom Library Grant

$2.5 Million and 2.5 Million Bonus Points for Classroom Libraries

What is the Patterson Partnership sweepstakes?

For the sixth year, James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs are teaming up to bring books into classrooms throughout the country. The sweepstakes will award $500 and 500 Bonus Points for teachers to build their classroom libraries.

How are winners selected?

Teachers enter the sweepstakes by filling out a questionnaire at Winners are then randomly selected from those entries.

How many teachers entered the sweepstakes last year?

There were a total of 124,177 teacher entries.

Who is allowed to enter?

Anyone who meets these criteria is encouraged to enter:

  • Current legal resident of the 50 states or the District of Columbia
  • Actively teaching in any grade from PreK through 12th grade in a US school
When does the sweepstakes run?

Teachers are allowed to enter anytime between 9 a.m. ET on April 14, 2020, and 11:59 p.m. ET on July 31, 2020.

How are winners notified?

In late-September, winning teachers will receive an email and a hard-copy notification letter delivered by USPS.

How can I see the names of winning teachers?

The list of winning teachers will be posted 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. Teachers will receive a notification email and a hard-copy notification letter with detailed instructions on how to select their preferred method of delivery (direct deposit or check) and where to update their information.

When will the winning teachers receive the $500 grant from James Patterson?
  • Teachers who request to have the award directly deposited into their Scholastic Book Clubs account will receive the funds within a week of responding to the notification email.
  • Teachers who request to have the award sent as a check via USPS will be required to complete a personal W-9 form and must allow up to two months of processing time.
How can the funds be used?

Funds from the Patterson Partnership are awarded directly to individual teachers and are to be used solely for the purchase of books for classroom libraries.

Is there an advantage to receiving my grant by direct deposit?

Yes! Teachers who choose direct deposit will have access to their funds sooner. Additionally, teachers who opt for a physical check will be responsible for submitting a W-9 form for tax purposes.

How will the winning 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 does not provide a valid Book Club account number on the original entry form, then we will either find the account number or create a new account for the teacher.

Is there a deadline for winners claiming their awards?

We ask that you reply to your Winner Notification at your earliest convenience! As soon as a winning teacher replies to the notification from Scholastic, we will begin processing their grant. All winning teachers who receive both an email and a hard-copy notification letter must reply and complete all subsequent information requests by December 31, 2020, to receive their award, but are encouraged to reply immediately.

I am a winning teacher and my question wasn’t answered here.

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