It’s not coincidence that #ReadABook Day falls this month. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has declared September National Literacy Month and, with it, come many days dedicated to the promotion of reading. In addition to today, September 8th marks International Literacy Day. The theme for the conference, held in France this year, is “Literacy in the Digital World.” The goal is to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.
While researching for this article, I was surprised to learn that over 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills. The statistic is that one in five adults are illiterate and two-thirds of those are women. To bring awareness to this issue and to advocate for reading and literacy, UNESCO began National Literacy Month in 1946.
Today, I created a book recommendations list of YA books including characters that struggle to read or are illiterate and tell you about some organizations that you can support in the fight against illiteracy.
When I tell people that I read YA, the standard responses are:
- Twilight? LOL
- I really love The Hunger Games!
- I LOVED THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!
John Green is the de facto star of YA to those who aren’t in the know. It’s been 5 years since his super-mega hit, The Fault In Our Stars, was published and 3 years since a movie was made. We’ve known for a while that he’d been writing a new novel, but I was surprised when it was announced last month that his upcoming YA novel, Turtles All The Way Down, would be published this year. Specifically, October 10th. Naturally, the internet went bonkers and just a few days later, John tweeted this.
I got to thinking about other YA authors releasing the same day as John, who may not have as many tip-in sheets to sign. What if they’re new and/or marginalized authors? How could I help spread the word about those books? After a quick review of my Goodreads TBR, I discovered that it just so happens that there are ten other books already on our radar releasing on the same day as John’s. Find out what books you should also be adding to your 10/10 TBR and enter for your chance to win your very own pre-order after the jump!