Oct 17, 2016 2016-10-17
For years, teachers, librarians, and booksellers have worked to encourage reading by creating booklists that link a popular title to “readalikes”: “If you liked Harry Potter, try Diana Wynne Jones’s Chronicles of Crestomanci,” or “If you liked The Hunger Games, try The 5th Wave.” Now Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, wants to turn that practice inside out. Instead of leading readers to books in the same genre or format, Yang is spearheading the Reading Without Walls Challenge, a program designed to help readers find books they might otherwise never choose on their own. Readers of all ages will be able to complete the challenge in one of three ways: by reading a book about a diverse character, or about an unfamiliar topic, or in a new format, such as a graphic novel or an audiobook instead of a printed book. They can then share the challenge on social media by taking a photograph of the book and posting it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls. Visit the Children’s Book Council’s website to find out how to be a part of the fall 2016 pilot program. The deadline for all feedback and testimonial is December 12, 2016.