What’s the Hub Reading Challenge?
The goal of the Hub Reading Challenge is to read 25 books over the next four months from a list of the most recent award winner and honor books and YALSA selected lists. This challenge encourages participants to discover new titles and explore genres outside of your comfort zone. And for library staff, you’ll hopefully get to build your readers’ advisory skills and totally impress your coworkers and patrons.
How do I participate?
First of all, comment on this post and let us know that you’re in! If you’re going to be tracking what you read/listen to on your blog or on Goodreads, LibraryThing, YouTube or some other site, include a link. And be sure to tag your posts #hubchallenge! (If you’re not tracking your reading online, keep a list some other way.)
Once a month, we’ll publish a check-in post. Leave a comment to talk about what you’re reading for the challenge. If you’ve reviewed those titles somewhere online, include links to those reviews! Otherwise, let us know what you thought of the books in the comments. There will be an finisher form embedded in each check-in post, so once you’re done with the challenge, fill out the form with your name and contact information.
What books can I read?
Eligible books are the YA titles that were named winners, honor titles, or top ten* selections from 2018 awards and YALSA’s selected lists. Click here for a sortable spreadsheet of eligible titles! If you’d like to see the complete lists or learn more about individual awards, links with more information will be at the bottom of this post.
*For lists with top tens that included children’s books, we added in some extra YA titles just to boost that number up to ten. Hooray options!
Beyond experiencing the best of the best that YA lit has to offer, everyone who finishes the challenge will be invited to submit a response to a book they read for the challenge. The response can be text, graphics, audio, video and will be published on The Hub. Furthermore, everyone who finishes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing for our grand prize featuring bookish goodies to be revealed later.
The fine print
- Format matters: a title that has been recognized for both the print version and the audiobook version can be both read and listened to and count as two books, but a book that has won multiple awards or appears on multiple lists in the same format only counts as one title.
- Books must be read/listened to (both begun and finished) between the date the award winners and selected lists have been released and June 30, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. If you’ve already read/listened to a title (before the winners/selected lists were announced), you must re-read/listen to it for it to count. The challenge ends on June 30, 2018 at at 11:59pm EST.
- Just about everyone who doesn’t work for ALA is eligible to participate. Non-ALA/YALSA members are eligible. Teens are eligible. Non-US residents/citizens are eligible. (More eligibility questions? Leave a comment or email us.)
- Once you finish the challenge, we’ll contact you with details about creating and publishing your response.
- The grand prize winner will be selected by 11:59pm EST on July 1, 2018. The winner will be notified via email.
More information about specific awards and lists
- Alex Award
- Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
- Margaret A. Edwards Award
- Michael L. Printz Award
- Odyssey Award
- William C. Morris Award
- Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks
- Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
- Top Ten Great Graphic Novels
- Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
- Schneider Family Book Award
- Stonewall Book Award
- Top Ten of The YA Rainbow List
- The Amelia Bloomer Project Top Ten List
- Pura Belpré
- Coretta Scott King Awards
–Stephen Ashley, currently reading Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi