Do you ever feel like you never get a chance to read older books because you’re so focused on trying to stay on top of new releases and current trends?
We can relate.
Lots of young adult librarians and library workers have had a great time participating in the Hub Reading Challenge, which focuses on reading the recent award winners and selection lists, we thought it would be fun to focus on reading older titles from the YALSA awards and lists that you may have missed and always meant to go back to, but just haven’t gotten around to reading yet.
The challenge is simple: read 5 titles from our Bingo Board to complete it, or go for a blackout and read 25 books to knock out the entire board.
Read 5 books in a row, a column, or diagonally across the board. You can even go for outside corners, small diamond, or whatever combination suits you. The point of the challenge is just to read older books—from lists and awards 2015 and older—to deepen your readers’ advisory knowledge and familiarity with the best of young adult literature.
Even better, we’re hoping that everyone can benefit from a great discussion and refresh their knowledge of backlist titles. Have these titles stood the test of time? Are they relevant? Are there amazing titles that are perfect read-alikes for popular current titles? We want to hear!
To facilitate discussion, we’ll be having two twitter chats Sunday, September 11th at 7 pm Eastern and Tuesday, October 25th at 9 pm Eastern. We’ll also have monthly check-in posts for readers to share the titles they’ve picked up for the challenge.
You can print off the Backlist Reading Challenge Bingo Board and browse all the past awards and selected lists on the YALSA website.
You can comment below with your intention to participate! The challenge is open to anyone and everyone who is interested in reading and discussing young adult literature.
Questions? Email Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Molly Wetta, currently reading How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball
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