Daily Archives: June 22, 2011

Diversify Your Reading!

Now that the Diversity Tour is over, Diversity in YA is moving on to our next big DiYA endeavor: the Diversify Your Summer Reading Challenge!

This summer, we’re challenging readers to read books that feature a diverse world, to read beyond their comfort zones, and to just plain dive into some wonderful stories. Our challenge will have two components: one for libraries, one for readers and book bloggers. At the end of the summer we’ll be giving away some wonderful book prizes donated by publishers.

Here are the details:

Libraries: We invite librarians to incorporate diverse middle grade and young adult novels into your summer reading programs, whether it’s as a book display, a book club event, or a book list you’ve created to share with your patrons. Please take photos or shoot video of your display or event and share them with us!

Readers and Book Bloggers: We invite readers and book bloggers to read diverse MG and YA books throughout the summer (you choose the books!) and write an essay (at least 500 words) about your experience. You can post it on your website, Blogger, LiveJournal, Tumblr, or on Facebook; we only ask that your post be publicly readable.

What to read: You can read whichever diverse books you like! By diverse we mean: (1) main characters or major secondary characters (e.g., a love interest or best friend kind of character) who are of color or are LGBT; or (2) written by a person of color or LGBT author. If you need some suggestions, check out our monthly lists of new books, and these book lists at Black Teens Read.

Judging: Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo will select one grand prize winner in each category, and that winner will receive a giant collection of fabulous MG and YA books. In addition, our favorite blog posts may be posted on www.diversityinya.com later this year.

Prizes: Many major publishers have generously donated books to serve as prizes for our challenge. You can check out the preliminary list of prizes here, and we will update the page as more donations come in.

Fine Print: This challenge is open to US libraries only, and prizes can only be sent to a US mailing address.

How to enter: Go to this page and fill out the form when you are ready.

Deadline: The deadline for all entries is September 1, 2011.

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But wait, there’s more! A kick-off giveaway!

To start this challenge off and help get the word out, we’re offering a great giveaway of ARCs to those who blog about this challenge and link back to our challenge page. Here are all the ARCs you could win:

You do not have to participate in the actual reading challenge to win this kick-off giveaway! All you have to do is blog about the Diversify Your Reading Challenge and link back to this page. The deadline to enter is July 31, 2011, and this giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.

To enter the Diversify Your Reading Challenge Kick-off Giveaway, fill out this form:

Updated 8/16/11: The Kickoff Challenge is over! Congratulations to the winner, Dorine White, and thanks to everyone who helped to spread the word about the Diversify Your Reading Challenge. You still have until Sept. 1 to enter that!

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A note to publishers and authors: if you’d like to donate novels that fit our reading challenge criteria, please email us directly (diversityinya at gmail dot com).

Any questions? We’re so excited to dive into some great books this summer!