August Reading Challenge

Last week Black-Eyed Susan had a bit of a rant and threw down the gauntlet to “teen bloggers and those who blog for teens”. Read her post and you’ll understand why. And then consider taking up the challenge:

I’m making a 30-day challenge here. From now until August 30th, how many multicultural books will you read and review on your blog? Don’t know what to read or how to make this a success? Join us for CORA Diversity Roll Call and check out books reviewed for the Diversity Rocks! Challenge.

We’ve been incorporating the Diversity Rocks! Challenge into our reading for the PaperTigers Reading the World Challenge, and will be continuing with it until the end of the year… we’ll see how we do in August too.

If you’re stuck for ideas, look no further than Susan’s fantastic Unofficial List of Great YA Books by or About Women of Color.

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4 Responses to “August Reading Challenge”

  1. Corinne Says:

    What a great list. I’ll be honest and say I have only read a couple on there. I see that there are some on the list that are available at my library so I will have to check them out tomorrow.

    For the past week I have been reading the Girls of Many Lands Series. Historical fiction which I love. Each story is about a 12 year old girl living in a different time period in different parts of the world. The books, written by award-winning authors were released by the American Girl Corp. and each book came with one of a matching, American Girl collector doll. Well, I’m not into doll collecting but I have enjoyed the 3 books I have read so far!

    I have fallen in love with Susan Fletcher’s work and read several of her books in June. Highly recommend two of her books:
    Alphabet of Dreams (Fourteen-year-old Mitra, of royal Persian lineage, and her five-year-old brother Babak, whose dreams foretell the future, flee for their lives in the company of the magus Melchoir and two other Zoroastrian priests, traveling through Persia as they follow star signs leading to a newly-born king in Bethlehem)

    Walk Across the Sea (expulsion of the Chinese community from Crescent City, Oregon in 1886)

  2. Anna GC Says:

    An Na is good, I liked “The fold” a lot. “Letters to my mother” and “Old dog” by Teresa Cardenas are also books I’d like to recommend. Or maybe something by Veronique Tadjo, like “Mamy Wata and the monster” (for small children).

  3. Marjorie Says:

    I like the sound of some of these – I’m going to have to investigate! I too was gripped by Letter to my Mother – I’ll have to look out Old Dog, which I haven’t read yet.

    Thanks for these recommendations – keep them coming!

  4. Marjorie Says:

    … and I realise I should have mentioned the list I put together for PaperTigers – “Open Up and Get Reading: YA Books You Just Can’t Put Down“!!

    It was your mention of Letters to My Mother that made me remember it, Anna, so thank you!