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What is it?
Created by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, Reading Without Walls is designed to open readers’ eyes to the wide world around them, promoting diversity, new ideas, and new experiences. Gene challenges all readers–not just children–to read without walls!
We’re inviting our young patrons to take on the challenge this spring. Step outside of your comfort zone and into the pages of a book! Read (at least) three books throughout the months of April & May, one (or more!) from each of these three categories:
How do I participate?
Starting April 1st, children and teens are invited to stop by the Children’s Room and tell one of our librarians which challenge they completed (character, topic, or format) to receive a wearable badge showcasing their accomplishment. Collect all three badges and earn a certificate for finishing the entire challenge. Of course, you’re not really “finished” – keep on reading without walls and expanding your horizons!
What should I read?
Need reading suggestions? Ask a librarian or check out some of these great book lists to get started:
Diversity Book Lists
- The Pragmatic Mom’s Diversity Book Lists – 60+ multicultural book lists
- School Library Journal’s Diverse Books For Children Under 5 List
- Goodreads Diversity Book Lists – diversity book lists for all ages across many genres
- Teaching for Change Book Lists – features both themed and age-based diversity lists
- Embrace Race – Books Featuring Children of Color List
- LGBTQ+Books for Children List
Format Book Lists