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Coming Soon: The 2013 Hub Reading Challenge!

2013 January 28
by Gretchen Kolderup
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reading challenge logoNow 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!)

When?
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:

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!

What?
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.

How?
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!

Who?
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 Díaz on the plane home tonight

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22 Responses
  1. January 28, 2013

    Oh yay! I thought I was going to have to wait until April to dive into the unread books for the challenge.

    • January 29, 2013

      Nope! We listened to feedback last year and moved the start date up, made the challenge a little longer, and added more awards. :)

      • January 30, 2013

        Congratulations on the The Hub pieces which interest this retired librarian. I heard that you are working in the Bronx now. I was there for several years and loved visiting schools and training new YA librarians. Hope you enjoy working there as much as I did.
        Karlan

        • January 30, 2013

          Thanks, Karlan! I’m really glad that what we’re publishing is interesting to you. If there’s ever anything you want us to cover or that you’re curious to learn more about, let us know!

          And on a personal note, yes, I’m working in the Bronx now and I’m really enjoying it! What branch did you work at?

  2. January 29, 2013

    Ditto what Amy said! Here I was, expecting to have to juggle my TBR shelf, returning challenge books to be requested again in 2 months. Instead, I just have a wait a few days to start.

  3. January 29, 2013

    I had a great time doing the non-fiction challenge. This will spur me on the read the Morris books and all the winners I added to my “to read” pile. I’m in! I bought Aristotle & Dante yesterday, so I am already on my way.

  4. Library.Lil permalink
    January 29, 2013

    Is there an official list of eligable titles? That was one of the issues for me last year. Also, I am curious if the Schnider Family award for middle school is an eligable title? That award is listed as going through age 13, and ages 12-18 are included in YALSA’s mission. Thrilled to see the Schneider Family Award and the Stonewall Book Award included!

    • January 29, 2013

      We will post a list of titles we’re including in this year’s challenge once all of the selected lists have been published. And we are not including the middle grade Schneider Family Book Award title — reviews said it was most suited to readers ages 8-12, and while the 12 part overlaps with YALSA’s 12-18, we felt the title was too young. (This also goes for the Odyssey honor title Ghost Knight.)

      • Library.Lil permalink
        January 29, 2013

        A full list will be helpful, thanks!

  5. Sara Ray permalink
    January 29, 2013

    Very exciting! Does it take longer for the selected lists to be published? I’ll definitely start on the awards on Sunday. Happy challenge everyone! :)

    • January 29, 2013

      Not too long — some of the committees meet on Monday to wrap things up, but the lists are due to the YALSA office early this week, and they get them up pretty quickly afterward. They’ll definitely be published by the time the challenge starts!

  6. January 30, 2013

    Exciting! I think I’m up for it! I did both the Morris and the Non-Fiction challenge so this should be easy (and fun – so many good books!)

  7. Sharon Savage permalink
    January 31, 2013

    So looking forward to this challenge – currently 1/3 of the way through Code Name: Verity!

    Thanks!

  8. Karl G. Siewert permalink
    January 31, 2013

    For the Edwards award, do we just read any books by Tamora Pierce?

    • January 31, 2013

      Not quite: in recognizing Tamora Pierce, the Edwards committee specifically cited her Song of the Lioness and Protector of the Small series, so those are the books we’re using.

      We’ll have a full list of eligible titles once the challenge starts.

  9. Vicky Schluter permalink
    February 1, 2013

    How do you sign up?

    • February 1, 2013

      We’ll have the official rules and sign-up post on Sunday. Keep an eye on the blog. :)

  10. February 1, 2013

    I think I’m going to try this! I have a bunch of the winners and honor books that just came in, so this will be a great way to motivate me to read them before they are due. :)

  11. D. Basting permalink
    February 1, 2013

    This sounds like a fun and motivating challenge!

  12. February 1, 2013

    Oooh, me me me!

  13. Natalie K permalink
    February 1, 2013

    I’ll definitely try!

  14. Karen permalink
    February 2, 2013

    I’m in!

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