readergirlz is a literacy and social media project for teens, awarded the National Book Foundation's Innovations in Reading Prize. The rgz blog serves as a depot for news and YA reviews from industry professionals and teens. As volunteers return full force to their own YA writing, the organization continues to hold one initiative a year to impact teen literacy. All are welcome to "like" us on Facebook!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April: rgz Newsflash

Operation TBD

It’s finally here and now everyone can participate! Help rgz raise awareness of Support Teen Literature Day with YALSA on April 16th by participating in Operation Teen Book Drop (TBD ’09). Grab a label from our website and get ready to leave a book in your community. Then party it up with us at the Post-Op Party with authors and readers from around the world. This is the same day that rgz, GuysLitWire, and YALSA are dropping 8,000 books to hospitalized teens across the country. And where are the new YA books coming from? AMAZING publishers who have the heart to continue to give in our tight economic times. Bravo, publishers! We heart you!

Abrams Books
Bloomsbury/Walker Books
Candlewick Press
Full Cast Audio
Hachette Book Group
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mirrorstone Books
Orca Book Publishers
Peachtree Books
Perseus Book Group/Running Press
Random House
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Soft Skull Press & Red Rattle Books
Tor /Forge/Starscape/Tor Teen

April pick: Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

In April, we’ll welcome New York Times Bestseller Ellen Hopkins and discuss Impulse. How perfect for National Poetry Month and TBD ’09! Be ready for intensity as we explore the multiple sides of this edgy verse novel.
Join us for discussions at the readergirlz blog!

Postergirlz Suggested Reads

The postergirlz have selected these amazing works to accompany Impulse:

* Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
* Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb
* Alive and Well in Prague New York by Daphne Grab
* Candy by Kevin Brooks
* Thirst by Mary Oliver
* Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas

See the full April issue, complete with playlist, party ideas, and more!

rgz at TLA

Are you going to the Texas Library Association Conference? We invite you to meet three of the readergirlz divas: Dia Calhoun, Lorie Ann Grover, and Justina Chen Headley. We’ll be speaking about readergirlz on April 2 at 2:00 and signing in the Author Alley at 3:00.
Swing by and give us a Texas-sized greeting!
rgz discussions move to blog!

Have you noticed that rgz has migrated our discussions of the feature book over to our blog? This is a central location everyone can reach. Monthly discussion posts are linked in the top right corner, and you can follow every update through rgz Twitter.
Stop by and drop a comment for the author and the community!

rgz LIVE chats: just got chattier

We are testing software for rgz LIVE! at our blog. Upcoming chats include the Operation TBD Post-Op Party and LIVE chat with Ellen Hopkins.
Stay tuned for full details!

Here’s to Operation Teen Book Drop ’09. Contact us at divas@readergirlz.com. Thanks for joining the movement to read, reflect, and reach out!

the readergirlz divas~


Llehn said...

Sounds like we are in for an exciting month!


Melissa Walker said...

Woohoo! Great month!

Little Willow said...

Go April!

Marie said...

I keep thinking of a cool location to drop my book this year.. last year I gave one to a bench in Central Park...

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks to Holly for posting our newsletter this month. So helpful!

holly cupala said...

Hooray for April! Great postergirl picks (as always), and we're so grateful to the gigantic list of publishers for contributing to TBD.

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