Reading Without Walls

Take the Reading Without Walls Challenge this April

Reading Without Walls is happening now, and anyone can participate — teachers, librarians, book-sellers, and readers. Just find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you.

What can YOU do to read without walls?


Once you’ve finished reading, complete the challenge by challenging someone else! Use #ReadingWithoutWalls to tell all of your friends on social media what books you chose and challenge them to do the same.

About Reading Without Walls

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang calls us all to READ WITHOUT WALLS, exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried.

READING WITHOUT WALLS promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, READING WITHOUT WALLS is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.



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Download the Activity Kit

The Children’s Book Council, Every Child A Reader, the Library of Congress, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group are glad to share the downloadable materials to support the program, including posters, activities, and certificates of completion.


See Gene Luen Yang at the following events! Contact the stores for more information.

Date Time Location
April 1, 2017 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Arts Festival, New York City
April 2, 2017 6:00 PM Doylestown Bookstore, Doylestown, Pa.
April 3, 2017 6:30 PM R.J. Julia's Booksellers, Madison, Conn.
April 4, 2017 4:00 - 5:30 PM Books on the Square, Providence, R.I. – Event taking place at the Moses Brown Woodman Family Community and Performance Center
April 5, 2017 6:30 PM Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Ont.
April 6, 2017 6:00 PM Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, Mass.
April 7, 2017 7:00 PM Print: A Bookstore, Portland, Me.
April 8, 2017 2:00 PM Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Mass.
April 10, 2017 10:00 - 11:00 AM Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

About Gene Luen Yang


Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He began drawing comic books in the fifth grade, and in 1997 he received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan’s Kingdom, The Rosary Comic Book, Prime Baby and Animal Crackers. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for The Eternal Smile, a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. He is the author of the Secret Coders series (with artist Mike Holmes) and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

To learn more about Gene, please visit his website.

To learn more about his work as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, click here.


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