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Next Month: Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge

Did you participate in our Best of the Best Reading Challenge earlier this year? If you liked it, you’re in luck: we have another reading challenge on the horizon!

On December 10th, YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge will begin. The finalists for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction will be announced that day, and you’ll have seven weeks — until the Youth Media Awards announcement on January 28th when the award winners will be revealed — to read all of the finalists for the awards. You may choose to read just the titles on the Morris Award shortlist or just the ones on the Nonfiction Award shortlist — or if you’re feeling ambitious, you may do both.

Everyone who completes the challenge by reading either all of the Morris Award finalists or all of the Nonfiction Award finalists will be permitted to count those titles toward our 2013 Best of the Best Reading Challenge. (Normally you may not count books you’ve already read toward the Best of the Best Reading Challenge.) This will give finishers for the Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge a leg up and get them that many books closer to being eligible to win the Best of the Best Reading Challenge prize!

Are you up for the challenge? Keep an eye on The Hub for more details and to participate.


  1. Sounds awesome! I always need a little prodding to read more non-fiction, too!

  2. I can’t wait. I’d do this challenge even without the incentive of being able to count it toward the next Best of the Best Challenge!

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