Coming Soon: The Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge

yalsa morris nonfiction sealsWe 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 this exciting challenge.

The 2014 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge will begin on Monday, December 9. Once the challenge starts, you’ll have until the Youth Media Awards at ALA Midwinter (which begin at 8AM Eastern Time on Monday, January 27) 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 they’re announced, you’ll have to re-read them to count them. However, if you complete the Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge, the books you read for this challenge may be counted toward our 2014 Hub Reading Challenge. So by participating, you get a head start for the next challenge, which involves fabulous prizes! It’s like earning extra credit in school, only way more fun.

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, first awarded in 2010, 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, so please 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 and everyone! — are welcome to accept our reading challenge. If you’re a librarian or teacher, consider encouraging your patrons, collagues, or students to give it a try!

Have questions about the 2014 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!

-Allison Tran, currently reading Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle

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Allison Tran

Past Member Manager for YALSA's The Hub. Passionate about information literacy, social media, and connecting readers with books they'll love.

6 thoughts on “Coming Soon: The Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge”

  1. When are the shortlists announced? (going to assume not until Dec 9) I’m ready to start the mission of finding the books for the challenge!

    1. The shortlists should be announced sometime soon, as far as I know… the suspense is building! I’m excited to hear you’ll be participating in the reading challenge!

  2. All were announced today. I already put my holds on the Morris books at local library. Actually read Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets this summer but will read again. Looking forward to reading them all and for the Hub Challenge in Feb.

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