National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang launched “Reading Without Walls,” a challenge to all young people to learn about the world through books:
“As National Ambassador, I issue you a challenge! I challenge you to read without walls in one of three ways:
1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book.
If you really want to go for the gold star, read a book that fits all three criteria!”
He’s asking folks to post photos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls. As a CAAM bonus, if you tag us on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll be entered in a contest for a chance to win a copy of Yang’s young adult graphic novel, American Born Chinese! Share your photo between now and May 15, 2017. Two winners will be randomly selected on May 16, 2017 and notified the same day.