As National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang raises awareness of the importance of young people’s literature in creating people who are literate and educated. His focus is Reading Without Walls, a program that was launched this month. In an interview in the Washington Post he said, “Walls are only a big thing if you’ve never crossed them or scaled them…There are a lot of walls between cultures that reading can help bridge; reading is a way to get to know people on a deeper level.”
Reading Without Walls will promote diversity. It asks readers to think about people whose lives are different from their own, new ideas, and new formats of reading. “Reading is a fantastic way to open your minds and hearts to new people, places, and ideas,” says Mr. Yang. “Through reading, I’ve met new friends, learned new facts, and become a better person.”
Here is the Reading Without Walls Challenge.
- 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 (a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, an audio book, etc.)
Visit the library, find books that meet the challenge, and read.