The Red Dot Book Awards are an annual reading event, organized by ISLN (the International School Libraries Network) in Singapore.
Books are chosen by a committee of teacher-librarians from recent children's literature (first published in English within the past four years), with the goal of offering a range of books from around the world.
Titles are divided into four categories, roughly based on readers, rather than book formats or school divisions. (NB: It is up to every librarian to determine which books are right for which classes in their school.)
- Early Years (ages 3-7) -- formerly Picture Books
- Younger Readers (ages 7-10) -- formerly Junior) -- (where Captain Underpants and Geronimo Stilton are the assumed reading level)
- Older Readers (ages 10-14) -- formerly Middle) -- (where Inkheart and The Lightning Thief are the assumed reading level)
- Mature Readers (ages 14-adult) -- (formerly Senior) -- (where Twilight and The Book Thief are the assumed reading level)
The cycle goes:
- Longlists are announced in June, with up to 25 books per category.
- Shortlists are announced in September/October, with just 8 books per category.
- Voting by students takes place March 1 to May 1.