I just discovered a cool YA resource that young adult librarians and YA enthusiasts should know about: Readergirlz.
Readergirlz is an online book community which challenges teen girls to “read, reflect, and reach out!” It was started in March 2007 by four award-winning YA authors: Justina Chen Headley, Dia Calhoun, Lorie Ann Grover, and Janet Lee Care.
Each month the Readergirlz “divas” feature a YA novel, and offer book party ideas, a playlist, an exclusive author interview, discussion questions, other recommended reads (fiction and non-fiction), as well as a community service project related to the book of the month. The group aims to inspire readers to get active not only in book groups, but also in their communities.
As the Readergirlz manifesta outlines, the goal is to get readers to “have serious” fun while sharing their thoughts about books they read. They also encourage girls to take something away from each book, to strive to make a difference in their lives and communities, and “to make history of their own”.
The Readergirlz book selections are guided by the postergirlz, an advisory council made up of booksellers, librarians, prominent YA Lit bloggers and avid teen readers.
The July book-of-the-month just happens to be one of the titles on my Summer YA Reading List: The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg. Illustrator Jim Rugg was kind enough to provide the site with a gallery of never-before-seen art from Janes Go Summer, the third volume which Cecil & Jim had started working on before the Minx line of comics was cancelled.