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!

Friday, September 25, 2009

How do we choose books at rgz?


This is a question often asked of the divas. How are books chosen to be featured? Let me give you a run down.

Here are our lines of input:

* Everyone on the rgz team is busy reading year round.
* In December, our postergirlz individually submit their top ten reads of the year to the divas.
* Throughout the months, the postergirlz also alert us the minute they finish a most amazing book.
* Mitali Perkins, our rgz SCOUT, watches the reviews of the most current titles, and she has those works sent to the divas a.s.a.p.
* The rgz Street Team posts their reviews.
* The rgz SALON contributes from their reads.
* The divas watch the blog comments to see what our rgz are talking about and recommending themselves.

Considering all the above, the divas select books that reflect strong female protagonists. We make every effort to represent a broad perspective:

* multicultural titles,
* various socioeconomic circumstances,
* the overlooked, quiet literary works,
* and the commercial successes that everyone is excited about.

We then reach out to see if an author's schedule can accommodate the rgz monthly commitment.

Once the features are booked, the postergirlz are alerted, and collectively they work to suggest the most excellent companion reads to equally accompany the feature. They always include a nonfiction title, as well, in their monthly recommended reads.

That's pretty much the process. A beautiful synergy to bring you the very best in young adult literature!

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MissA said...

And we are so appreciative of this process! Your book titles are always interesting :)

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Thanks for explaining this process. I love your blog and read it religiously! Thanks for all of your hard work and superb writing!

Unknown said...

That is very helpful and informative. I've been with Readergirlz since the very first offering and regularly recommend your offerings and the Readergirlz website!

Your commitment is appreciated.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thank you so much, ladies! Honestly. I'm really encouraged. :~)

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