Happy Support Teen Literature Day!
YALSA has declared today or ..err… yesterday… “Support Teen Literature Day” in recognition of the three teen literacy campaigns launched: registration for Teen Read Week 2010 ; the announcement of the Teens’ Top Ten nominations; and the WrestleMania Reading Challenge.
Yesterday was also Operation Teen Book Drop day. Librarians, authors, and readers have been dropping YA books in various places around their communities for young people to discover. Additionally, this year, over 10,000 new YA books have been donated to teens living in Native American communities throughout the United States. This initiative is a joint project of YALSA, Readergirlz, Guys Lit Wire, and a new partner, If I Can Read I Can Do Anything, a national reading club for Native youth.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to see a similar project here in Canada at this scale? Our First Nations populations are sorely under-served – especially First Nations teens.