We posted a little teaser earlier this month about our upcoming Best of the Best Reading Challenge, and now that it’s only four days away (!), it’s time to share details about the contest with you!
The 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge will begin at 12:01AM EST on Sunday, April 1. Once the challenge starts, you’ll have three months (until 11:59pm on Saturday, June 30) to read as many of the 80 titles counted among YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best as you can.
Only books that you both begin and finish within the challenge period count, so if you’ve read any Best of the Best titles before, you’ll have to re-read them to count them.
The Best of the Best are the winners and honor books for the Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey, and Printz Awards as well as the Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks, Best Fiction for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels, Popular Paperbacks, and Quick Picks.
Our reading challenge can be both completed and conquered. To complete the challenge, read or listen to 25 of the 80 titles before the deadline. Everyone who completes the challenge will be invited to submit a reader response (which can be text, audio, video, graphics, or some combination) to his or her favorite (or least favorite!) Best of the Best title, which we’ll publish here on The Hub. Additionally, everyone who completes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing to win our grand prize: a YALSA tote bag full of 2011 and 2012 YA lit titles! (If you’re a librarian or teacher, we’ll also toss in a couple of professional development titles.)
As you read, you’ll also be earning badges that you can post on your blog or website or include in your email signature to show off how well-read you are, and if you conquer the challenge by reading all 80 titles, you’ll earn a super-elite badge.
Keep track of what you read every week and how many titles you’ve finished. Every Saturday, we’ll create a check-in post; comment on the post with what you’ve read or listened to that week (and what you thought of it!). If you’ve completed the challenge, fill out the form embedded in the post to give us your name and email address so we can contact you after the challenge is over. The challenge will run on the honor system, so be good!
Format matters, so the Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten novel The Scorpio Races is different from the Scorpio Races audiobook, which was an Odyssey Award Honor title–but the Printz Award-winning When Things Come Back is the same as the Morris Award-winning When Things Come Back. Some titles will be faster reads than others, so if you’re not sure if you can read 25 books in 13 weeks, start with quicker reads (like Quick Picks and graphic novels) first!
All readers of young adult literature–teachers, librarians, publishers, booksellers, bloggers, parents, teens, anyone!–are welcome to accept our reading challenge. If you’re a librarian or teacher, consider encouraging your patrons or students to give it a try!
Have questions about how the 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge will work? Let us know in the comments or send us an email. Otherwise, we’ll see you when the challenge kicks off this Sunday!
— Gretchen Kolderup, who just finished BZRK by Michael Grant
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