For the top 16 books, I divided students into groups for each contest: Example: 4 kids choose their favorite book between Chicka Chicka Boom Boom or The Kissing Hand, 4 kids would write about The Rainbow Fish or No David!, etc. If I let students just write about their favorite book, there would probably be many books that didn’t have a opinion paper about them and then they wouldn’t be able to move on to the next level.
To get their favorite book to move on to the next level, students had to write an opinion paper about their favorite book. I told them that I wouldn’t pick the book that has the most votes, I would choose the winning book based on whose paper told me details about their book AND convinced me that their book was the best. Opinion writing is a bit hard in Kindergarten, but they really had fun with this! Even my students that typically would only write 1 sentence, started writing more because they wanted me to choose their paper so their book would win! Grab this FREE writing prompt here.