Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rock the Drop! Support Teen Lit Today!

Many of my friends blanche when I mention the Twilight series (I inwardly barf a bit myself), but I can't help but love it for its ability to get younger "non-readers" to respect the written word.

So thanks, Meyer. Thanks for that. It doesn't make up for the plethora of middle aged women wearing fangs and glitter painted "Team Edward" shirts though. Not by a long shot.

Now that we have the people hooked, it's time to trick them into reading MORE. What better way than by literally dropping a book in their path? In my previous post about ways to get free books, I mentioned some cool and innovative ways to share and recieve books. The idea of spreading the book love is also in this latest effort from Readergirlz, a literacy project:

Readergirlz and Figment are going to ROCK THE DROP in honor of Support Teen Lit Day on Thursday, April 14th. We can't wait!

Here's how you can get involved:* Snag the banner, created by the uber-talented David Ostow (who blogs hilarious cartoons here), and add it to your website, linking back to thi

s post to share the love, and proclaiming that you will indeed ROCK THE DROP!
* Print a copy of the bookplate below and insert it into a book (or 10!) that you'll drop on April 14th. Drop a book in a public spot (park bench, bus seat, restaurant counter?) and you're done. Lucky finders will see that the book is part of ROCK THE DROP!
* Snap a photo of your drop and email readergirlz AT gmail DOT com with the pic -- we'll be posting lots of pictures of drops happening all over the world at the readergirlz blog, and our friends at Figment will also be featuring the event!

Imagine people around the globe finding copies of amazing books in unexpected places, gifted out of love for YA lit. Everyone can participate to raise awareness of the day!

I'll post a pic of my own book drop later! Get out there and (passively) recruit more readers!