The DeForest Area Middle School libraries are challenging their students and staff to read without walls! All middle school students and staff are being challenged to expand their reading horizons and read outside their comfort zone.
According to middle school librarian, Laura Shucha the challenge asks them to:
- Read a book about someone who doesn’t look or live like you.
Diversity comes in many forms: race, religion, gender, geography, sexual orientation, class, ability, and more.
- Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
Consider, STEM, sports, history, or memoirs.
- Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun.
A picture book, a chapter, book, a graphic novel, or a novel in verse.
When students and staff have completed a book that meets at least one part of the challenge, they complete and submit to the library a “We Read Diverse Books” sheet. Middle school families are invited to join the challenge throughout the month of April.
If students, staff, or family members need a suggestion for a diverse book to read, they can stop by either library to get one from their diversity displays. Or view the diverse books lists available on the library website.
To help promote this project to students, staff are sharing a video featuring Gene Luen Yang, a children’s and young adult author who is also the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.