This April, all booklovers – readers, authors, librarians, booksellers, teachers, parents — are challenged to start Reading Without Walls.
What is Reading Without Walls?
It’s a national initiative which invites us all to explore the world beyond our comfort zone through the magic of reading. More specifically, by reading books about people who look different to us, and who live lives that are different to ours. Can’t think of a better way to promote diversity and open our hearts and minds to new experiences.
Reading really can create an understanding of ‘the other.’ People might be different on the outside – where they live, what they look like, wear or eat, but stories show us, over and over again, that underneath our outer trappings we have more in common than we think and we share the same hopes and dreams.
The 4 Steps to Taking Part In Reading Without Walls are easy:
- Choose a book about a character who doesn’t look or sound like you
- Choose a book about a topic that is unfamiliar to you
- Choose a book in a format you don’t normally read, e.g. verse, audiobook, comic book, graphic novel
- Share your journey by posting about it and using the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls.
— Elizabeth Husketh (@manateereads) March 30, 2017
There is also great free fun stuff to download which will help you on your way: check out the Activity Kit.
For teachers, librarians, bookstore owners and parents there is a downloadable Reading Without Walls Starter Kit – complete with posters and certificates to give the young readers in your life a little extra encouragement.
So many great books to choose from, where do you start? #AmReading can help with that. Check out these posts for inspiration:
- 5 Graphic Novels You Should Definitely Read in 2017
- Author Arigon Starr Tells Untold Native American Stories With ‘Super Indian’ Comics
- 7 Awesome Audiobooks Read By Celebs
- 10 Books To Read Before You Visit Japan
- 10 Books By Arab Writers You Should Read Right Now
- 9 Books We’re Glad Were Translated Into English
Happy Reading Without Walls!
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