The World Book Day Award is being given for the first time and Patterson has donated 50,000 pounds (the equivalent of more than $75,000) for the award. Through the award, five schools will receive books for their libraries. The first-place winner will get £10,000 worth of books, while the school in second place will receive £5,000 and three schools will be named as runners-up, each receiving £3,000.
In order to qualify, schools submit their answer to the question “Why we can’t live without books.” The response can take the form of everything from a video to a rap to a mural, among other mediums. Schools have until Jan. 30 to submit their answer.
“When I go out to speak to librarians or educators, I'll say, 'I'm here to save lives,' and I don't think that's an overstatement,” Patterson said in a statement. “If kids don't become competent readers, they'll have so much trouble getting through school.”
Check out the award page here.