Reading Without Walls Challenge

Graphic novelist, Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature mission during his term has been to encourage readers to read more diversely with his Reading Without Walls Challenge.  It is a simple challenge that asks readers to do one of these three things:

For the month April, there is a nationwide push to have every reader participate.

The YALSA Hub has long supported creating a habit of reading diversely. Here is a roundup of recent booklists that supports each of Yang’s three areas.

Hub blogger Dawn Abron’s ongoing series Diversify YA Life has had many great posts. For new authors, be sure to see her lists of Diverse Debuts of 2017 and Diverse Debuts 2016.

Also check out these posts:

Also check out our recent booklist on The Refugee Experience for Teens, as well as the following recent booklists with LGBTQ+ characters:

Don’t miss more award winning books from The Schneider Family Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Stonewall Book Awards lists.

We have covered a variety of topics from social justice to science, and created booklists to go along with them. Here are a few from the past couple of years:



We also have some resource on the following subjects:

For other great titles on a variety of subjects, be sure to look at the award winning books from YALSA’s Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award.

We love promoting the other formats that Yang is encouraging. Here are some lists to help with challenge area three.


For many fantastic lists with graphic novels and comics, be sure not to miss Hub blogger Carli Spina’s ongoing series Women in Comics. Also be sure to check out our many other lists as well as the vetted lists from YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels.


Along with the vetted lists from YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults we have a few lists of own. Check out these lists:


We have many lists of books in verse to support this challenge. Check out some of these:


Other formats to consider for this part of the challenge is a book in translation, check out some new 2017 titles with our Translated YA Titles for the New Year. Also, check out our posts that involve books aimed at younger readers with these posts:

Challenge yourself, challenge others, read with windows not walls.

–Danielle Jones, currently reading A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman