YALSA launches 2011 Teen Read Week™ Photo Contest

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/09/2011


Stephanie Kuenn

Teens can win an e-reader from Penguin Books for Young Readers

CHICAGO — As part of Teen Read Week 2011, teens can enter a photo contest (judged by 2011 Teen Read Week Spokesperson Jay Asher) and win autographed books or an e-reader from Penguin Books for Young Readers.

To enter, teens ages 13 to 18 must create a visual representation of their favorite book, upload the photo to Flickr and tag it with “TRWcontest11.” The contest is open now through Oct. 31. Teens ages 13 to 18 may enter individually and in groups up to three; they may enter as many times as they like. Entrants must fill out an online entry form as well at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TRWcontest11. A contest description and rules can be found at www.ala.org/teenread.

TRW 2011 Spokesperson Jay Asher will judge the contest. Five finalists will have their photos posted on the YALSA website and win a prize pack from Penguin, including signed copies of Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why” and “The Future of Us” by Asher and Carolyn Mackler. The winner will receive an e-reader preloaded with great teen books, donated by Penguin and will be featured on the YALSA Blog and in a press release.

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. The purpose of the event is to increase the number of teens who are regular readers and library users. It began in 1998 and is celebrated the third week in October. The 2011 theme is Picture It @ your library, which encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through literature, just for the fun of it. For more information or to register, visit the Teen Read Week website at www.ala.org/teenread.

Members of Team Teen Read Week are ALA Graphics, Candlewick Press, Chafie Press, Chronicle Books, Carolrhoda Lab, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Lerner Publishing Group, and Penguin Books for Young Readers. Nonprofit supporting organizations include AdLit.org, the American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom, International Reading Association, Kidsnet, Kids Care, Los Angeles Young Adult Authors, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, readergirlz, SmartGirl.org, Speak Up Press, Swept Away TV/The Rock Star Stories and TeenInk.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or email, yalsa@ala.org.