Kids Read Science

Kids Read Science 2011 is a summer-reading project for young people ages 8 through 12, to encourage more people to read about science. The basic rules are very simple:

  1. Choose a non-fiction book about nature, science, engineering, or math, or about people who work or worked in those fields. The book should help you understand more about what science is and how it works. Textbooks are not acceptable choices. If you need suggestions it's good to ask a science teacher or librarian for ideas.
  2. Read your book.
  3. Make a video about your book. The video must be less than 5 minutes long, and you must give the name of the book, the name of the author, and reasons why you would or would not recommend the book to your friends.
  4. Post the video online. We'd prefer that you post it to your own account on and tag it with "KidsReadScience2011". There are other posting options in the long form of the rules.
  5. Fill out our official online submission form,, so we can find your video and so we know how to contact you if you win one of our fabulous prizes.
  6. Do all this before the deadline: 11pm (CDT) on 23 September 2011.

That's all it takes to enter! Anyone anywhere may submit one book video entry in English, although prize distribution is currently restricted to locations in the US and its territories. Videos will be judged by our panel of scientists, writers, and librarians, and their decisions about awarding prizes are final.

We also have the rules in the long form with all the details, but these cover the basics.