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Coming Soon: Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge!

We posted a teaser last month about our upcoming Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge, and now that it’s just one week away, it’s time to share some details of the contest.

The 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge will begin as soon as the shortlists for the award are announced on the morning of Monday, December 10th. Once the challenge starts, you’ll have until the Youth Media Awards at ALA Midwinter (which begin at 8AM Pacific Time on Monday, January 28) to read all of the books on the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, all of the books on the shortlist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, or both.

Only books that you both begin and finish within the challenge period count, so if you’ve read any Morris or Nonfiction shortlist titles before, you’ll have to re-read them to count them. However, if you complete the Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge, the books that you read may be counted toward our 2013 Best of the Best Reading Challenge, so by participating, you get a head start for the next challenge, which involves fabulous prizes!

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

The award’s namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year.

Keep track of what you read every week and which titles you’ve finished. Every Sunday, we’ll publish a check-in post; comment on the post with what you’ve read 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 congratulate you after the challenge is over. The challenge will run on the honor system, so be good!

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, coworkers, or students to give it a try!

Have questions about the 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Let us know in the comments or send us an email. Otherwise, we’ll see you when the challenge kicks off next week!

— Gretchen Kolderup, currently just a few tracks from the end of the audiobook of Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman and read by Mandy Williams and Justine Eyre


  1. Anxious to read the non-fiction selections and hoping one of them is for secondary students.

  2. Anxious to read the nonfiction selections

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