Reading Without Walls
To kick off Children's Book Week (May 1 - 7) last week, the Monarch Elementary Library issued a challenge to our students: read without walls. What does that mean? The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, came up with the "Reading Without Walls" challenge this year to get children (and adults) to read books they might not normally pick up in order to read outside their comfort zone and expand their horizons.
In a nutshell, the "Reading Without Walls" program challenges students to
Read a book about a person who doesn't look like them or live like them
Read a nonfiction book about a topic they know nothing about
Read a book in a format they might normally not read (novel in verse, graphic novel, genre they don't usually read, poetry, etc.)
We have a table set up explaining the challenge and displaying some book suggestions (as an incentive, we're also offering a prize to a randomly drawn student who submits the name of the book they read as part of the challenge). Happy reading!