Diversity Reading Challenge

I think I’m going to join this challenge sponsored by YA writers  Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon.  I really need to get out of my reading comfort zone and look at some books that better reflect our society and my students at Berkeley High School.  Here are the details of the challenge from their diversity blog:  (obviously we would fit into the readers/bloggers category).

Here are the details:

Libraries: We invite librarians to incorporate diverse middle grade and young adult novels into your summer reading programs, whether it’s as a book display, a book club event, or a book list you’ve created to share with your patrons. Please take photos or shoot video of your display or event and share them with us!

Readers and Book Bloggers: We invite readers and book bloggers to read diverse MG and YA books throughout the summer (you choose the books!) and write an essay (at least 500 words) about your experience. You can post it on your website, Blogger, LiveJournal, Tumblr, or on Facebook; we only ask that your post be publicly readable.

What to read: You can read whichever diverse books you like! By diverse we mean: (1) main characters or major secondary characters (e.g., a love interest or best friend kind of character) who are of color or are LGBT; or (2) written by a person of color or LGBT author. If you need some suggestions, check out our monthly lists of new books, and these book lists at Black Teens Read.

Judging: Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo will select one grand prize winner in each category, and that winner will receive a giant collection of fabulous MG and YA books. In addition, our favorite blog posts may be posted on http://www.diversityinya.com later this year.

Prizes: Many major publishers have generously donated books to serve as prizes for our challenge. You can check out the preliminary list of prizes here, and we will update the page as more donations come in.

Fine Print: This challenge is open to US libraries only, and prizes can only be sent to a US mailing address.

How to enter: Go to this page and fill out the form when you are ready.

Deadline: The deadline for all entries is September 1, 2011.

Cindy is the author of Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix and can be found at her website:  www.cindypon.com.

Malindo has written Ash and its companion novel Huntress and can be found at: www.malindalo.com.

Feel free to comment here if you are joining the challenge.  I will be reviewing the books for next school year’s blog, but probably listing them here over the summer, too, as I read them.  I’ll probably start off by reading Malindo Lo’s Ash, since that’s on my summer reading pile and I’ve been trying to get to it forever.


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