Josh Hutcherson named spokesperson for YALSA’s Teen Read Week™

Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

August 19, 2008

CHICAGO — Josh Hutcherson, star of the new Journey to the Center of the Earth, is the 2008 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 2008 will be celebrated Oct. 12-18 with a theme of Books with Bite @ your library®.

“Reading is an important part of life,” Hutcherson said. “I have to read a lot of scripts, and reading helps me learn about the type of characters that I play. Teens need to realize that reading is very important in everything that you do.”

Hutcherson, a 15-year-old from northern Kentucky, recently filmed “Cirque du Freak,” an adaptation of the popular YA series of the same name by Darren Shan. His other films include “Bridge to Terabithia,” “RV” and “Kicking and Screaming.” Josh said his favorite books were “Catcher in the Rye” and “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

He also encouraged teens to think about their interests and indulge them in a book.

“You should seek out a book about a subject matter that you really enjoy,” Josh said. “You might really like to read if you just pick something you like.”

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. For more information or to register, visit the Teen Read Week Web site at

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books 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 by e-mail,