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September 26, 2021, 15:01

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The main condition is to select and review books from the recommendatory catalog of the Central City Children’s Library named after A.P. Gaidar.

On October 1, the XII Moscow Contest of Reviews and Reviews for New Children’s Books “Thoughtful Reader” will begin. The main condition that the participants must fulfill is to select and review books from the recommendatory catalog of the A.P. Gaidar “Top 100 New Books for Children and Teens – 2021”.

Students in grades 4-11, as well as librarians, teachers, parents and students of pedagogical universities will have the opportunity to evaluate newly published books, try themselves in the role of literary critic, and also reflect on the texts of their contemporaries (nomination “Children’s Reading Leader”). The participant of the competition must write the work independently. Plagiarism is unacceptable, but you can quote sources by filling out quotes according to the rules of the Russian language. Competition work must be original and not published anywhere else.

At the first stage of the competition, libraries and schools will collect the written works, then they will be sent to the organizers for participation in the second stage. This can be done until December 13 inclusive. Individual participants can write and send reviews directly to the organizers. At the second stage, the jury will select the finalists and winners by open vote. Summing up and awarding the winners are scheduled for January 2022.

The three books with the most reviews will be awarded the Thoughtful Reader’s Choice Award. Last year it was awarded to Yulia Govorova’s Elk on the Sofa, Vervet on the Stove (Vremya Publishing House), Marta with Skulls by Daria Vardenburg and Lamposhka by Annette Schap translated by Irina Leichkno (both books are from Samokat publishing house).

The competition has been held since 2010. In 2020, readers sent 2099 reviews and reviews, of which 47 reached the final.

The organizer is the Central City Children’s Library named after A.P. Gaidar. The competition is supported by Department of Culture of Moscow… Detailed information, conditions of participation and addresses of participating libraries are available at website Gaidarovka.

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