John Green named spokesperson for YALSA’s Teen Read Week™

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/07/2012

Contact:

Nichole Gilbert
Program Officer
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
800-545-2433 ext.4387
ngilbert@ala.org

CHICAGO — John Green, best-selling author of “The Fault in Our Stars, has been named the 2012 Teen Read Week™ spokesperson. Teen Read Week is an annual literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), aimed at encouraging teens to read for the fun of it. Teen Read Week 2012 will be celebrated Oct. 14-20 with a theme of “It Came from the Library!”

“YALSA is thrilled to have the enthusiasm and support of such an amazing author for Teen Read Week,” Jack Martin, YALSA president, said. “Green’s books continue to capture the attention of today’s teens.  That’s what Teen Read Week is all about—getting more teens to pick up a book and make it a regular habit.”

Green is an award-winning, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author whose many accolades include YALSA's Michael L. Printz Award and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. With his brother, Hank, Green is one half of the Vlogbrothers, an online video project viewed by fans all over in the world.  “The Fault in Our Stars,” which was published earlier this year by Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, has spent 28 consecutive weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list since its debut at  No. 1.

"I am so honored to be the spokesperson for this year's Teen Read Week,” said John Green. “YALSA's longstanding commitment to young adult literature has facilitated the careers of so many YA writers, including myself. In this media-drenched world, I am heartened and encouraged to know that there are so many teens reading widely and enthusiastically. It is truly a cause for celebration."

As Teen Read Week spokesperson, Green will host a national kick-off event during Teen Read Week, as well as judge a teen book trailer contest in which teens are challenged to create a brief video about their favorite book.

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, as studies have shown that young people who read for leisure achieve more in school. It began in 1998 and is celebrated the third week in October. For more information or to register, visit the Teen Read Week website at www.ala.org/teenread.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.