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Reading Without Walls Challenge


This is something I’ve jumped around on doing, but honestly when I was sitting around considering my reading list for the coming weeks I found that I fit more with this than I thought!

Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese, has been named the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and has launched this challenge to encourage children to read past their limits and engage with books they wouldn’t normally look at. He’s asking readers to post photos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls. So below is the criteria for the challenge:


I’m going to try to keep with these three criteria and break myself out of a lot of the reading comfort zones I’ve created for myself. For starters several of the books on my book mail and reading list don’t look or live like me, and I’ve already delved into a few that aren’t my typical format or topics. (Brown Girl Dreaming is a book of free-verse poetry following a black girl discovering her love for writing. The Book Thief is about a German girl living in extreme poverty. So far, I’m of to a good start!) So if you’re looking for a way to quickly narrow down your reading list to diverse reads, try this challenge!


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