Wellington Public Library is hosting a reading challenge this month.  The Reading Without Walls Challenge encourages readers to expand their reading horizons by exploring books outside of their normal “reading comfort zone” as the platform for this year’s National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang.

Meeting the challenge is easy.  First, stop by the library and pick up an activity packet & pencil, then choose one of three ways to meet the challenge.

  • Read a book about a character that doesn’t look or live like you. Diversity comes in many forms so you could read something about religion, race, gender, geography, or many other ways in which the characters and setting are different from what you are used to.
  • You might read a book about a topic you don’t know much about. Think about reading a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) title if you don’t usually spend much time with those books. If you are not athletic, try a sports book or, if modern stories are your thing, try an historical title.  You get the idea.
  • Sometimes it is interesting to read a book in a format you don’t usually choose. It could be a picture book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, or something else.  Ask one of the librarians for help finding something new.

All participants in the reading challenge will receive an activity packet and pencil for registering and a free book for completing any one of the challenges.

Gene Luen Yang is the Printz Award winning author of American Born Chinese and two-time National Book Award finalist and is the country’s fifth National Ambassador.  He was appointed by the Library of Congress, Every Child Ready to Read and the Children’s Book Council.