For immediate release | October 18, 2010

YALSA, WWE® kick-Off WrestleMania® XVII Reading Challenge

CHICAGO — World Wrestling Entertainment®’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), launches this week as part of Teen Read Week™, which takes place October 17-23. WWE Superstars Big Show®, Hornswoggle®, Kofi Kingston®, Rey Mysterio® and Diva Eve™ are the spokespeople for the 2010-2011 Challenge.

More than 60,000 students in 1,700 school and public libraries in the U.S. and Canada are expected to participate in this year’s Challenge in the hopes of winning an all-expenses-paid trip to WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta on April 3, 2010, along with $2,000 and books for their local sponsoring libraries. (For more on the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, watch this video. )

Students compete in three categories: grades 5-6, grades 7-8 and grades 9-12. Each participant will pledge to read five books and complete a grade-specific project. Grades 5-6 will design a bookmark illustrating an original slogan promoting reading. Entrants in grades 7-12 will form a tag team of their favorite literary character and their favorite current WWE Superstar or Diva and describe and/or illustrate the strategy they would use to defeat the current WWE Tag Team Champions, Superstar “Dashing” Cody Rhodes™ and Superstar Drew McIntyre™.

Twenty-one finalists (three in each grade category from seven geographic regions) will then compete in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Finals in Atlanta on Saturday, April 2, 2011 and one champion from each grade level will win ringside seats at WrestleMania XXVII.

"This is the fifth year of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, and we are expecting our strongest participation ever," said Gary Davis, WWE Vice President, Global Public Affairs. “WWE remains committed to encouraging teens to read through our efforts with YALSA."

“Partnering with WWE provides YALSA the chance to reach a wide audience of teens and tweens with a message about the vital role books, reading and libraries can play in their lives,” said YALSA President Kim Patton.

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail,

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Stephanie Kuenn