The ABC Children’s Group at ABA has partnered with the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, the Library of Congress, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for a summer reading initiative that centers on Reading Without Walls, a nationwide program started by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang to celebrate reading and diversity.
ABA members participating in the bingo-style summer reading challenge can visit BookWeb to find downloadable promotional materials, including bingo cards, award certificates, bookmarks, a poster, a flier, and a web banner. Reading Without Walls bookmarks, courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing, were sent to stores in ABA’s Summer Children’s White Box mailing.
To spread appreciation and understanding of others, Reading Without Walls challenges readers to:
- Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
- Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
- Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun.
To help bookstores, schools, libraries, and comic shops celebrate Reading Without Walls, Macmillan Children’s has created a Reading Without Walls Digital Activity Guide as well as a Digital Toolkit of images, which are sized for websites, social media pages, and e-newsletters. Macmillan also plans for Reading Without Walls to become an annual program.
Booksellers, librarians, and teachers are encouraged to share pictures of everything they are doing for Reading Without Walls by tweeting at @mackidsbooks, @01FirstSecond, or @FierceReads using the #ReadingWithoutWalls hashtag.
Learn more at ReadingWithoutWalls.com.