Now that the Youth Media Awards have been announced and the selected list committees are wrapping up their work, we can officially announce our 2013 Hub Reading Challenge! (Last year this was the Best of the Best Reading Challenge — it’s got a new name since we’re including some new awards this year!)
The 2013 Hub Reading Challenge will begin at 12:01AM EST on Sunday, February 3. Once the challenge starts, you’ll have about four months (until 11:59pm on Saturday, June 22) to read as many of the following as you can:
- 2013 winner and honor books for YALSA’s six awards
- The books on the Top Ten lists from YALSA’s 2013 selected lists
- The YA titles honored by the 2013 Schneider Family Book Award and the 2013 Stonewall Book Award
Unless you participated in our Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge, only books that you both begin and finish within the challenge period count, so if you’ve read any of these titles before, you’ll have to re-read them to count them. If you did participate in the Morris/Nonfiction Challenge, you can count all of that reading toward the Hub Reading Challenge as well!
Our reading challenge can be both completed and conquered. To complete the challenge, read or listen to 25 of the selected 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!) challenge 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 2012 and 2013 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 of the 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 Printz Honor novel Code Name Verity is different from the Amazing Audiobooks Top Ten Code Name Verity (listening can be a very different experience than reading in print!). However, the Printz Honor-winning Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the same as the Stonewall Award-winning Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Some titles will be faster reads than others, so if you’re not sure if you can read 25 books in 20 weeks, start with quicker reads (like Quick Picks and Great 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 2013 Hub 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 will start The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DÃaz on the plane home tonight
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