The Children’s Book Council, Every Child A Reader, and the Library of Congress appointed Gene Luen Yang the fifth National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. Every National Ambassador picks a platform and Yang’s is Reading Without Walls.
Gene Luen Yang challenges you to read without walls in one of three ways:
1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book.
If you really want to go for the gold star, read a book that fits all three criteria!
You may view Gene Luen Yang’s blog here.
Here are some books the Children’s Librarians at Rodman recommend to get you started:
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (book in verse)
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Ruby on the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (graphic novel)
Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (graphic novel)
Wet Cement : A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka (concrete/shape poetry)