Let the Challenge Begin!
It’s time to kickoff the 2016 Hub reading challenge! This challenge is intended to encourage librarians, library workers, and YA lit enthusiasts to dive into the award winner and honor books and YALSA selected lists with the hope of providing excellent readers’ advisory and even discovering a new favorite title or exploring a genre outside of your comfort zone.
Eligible books are the YA titles that were named winners or honor titles the following award and selected lists:
- Alex Award
- Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
- Margaret A. Edwards Award
- Michael L. Printz Award
- Odyssey Award
- William C. Morris Award
- 2016 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks
- Best Fiction
- Great Graphic Novels
- Popular Paperbacks
- Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
- Schneider Family Book Award
- Stonewall Book Award
This year, based on feedback, they’ve expanded the eligible list of titles to include all YA literature recognized by any ALA division, including:
- 2016 Top Ten of The Rainbow List
- The Amelia Bloomer Project 2016 Top Ten List
- Pura Belpré
- Coretta Scott King Awards
I am very excited to see the addition on the Amelia Bloomer list.
How to Participate
- Declare your intentions in a comments on this post.
- Read 25 of the selected titles to complete the challenge, or the entire list to conquer it.
- Every Sunday,THE HUB will 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!
- 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. This is how you’ll receive your Finisher’s Badge, how you’ll be contacted about your reader’s response, and how you’ll be entered into the drawing for the grand prize. Please fill out the form only once.
- 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) since the award winners and selected lists have been released and 11:59pm EST on June 23. If you’ve already read/listened to a title, you must re-read/listen to it for it to count. The only exception is for titles you read for the Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge; whether or not you finished that challenge, you may count that reading toward your 25 titles.
- 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.)