YALSA’s 2015 Hub Reading Challenge Begins!

It’s February 11th. Do you know what that means? We are officially two days into YALSA’s 2015 Hub Reading Challenge! What is that you ask?

The HUB hopes to challenge you to read/listen to a list of selected, AWESOME books than you maybe you’ve never heard of or might  not have tried have otherwise. Discover something new!

Challenge objective Read/listen to 25 of the titles on our list of eligible titles [pdf] to finish the challenge. The list includes YA novels, audiobooks, graphic novels, and books for adults, so there’s plenty to choose from. Bonus objective: read/listen to all eligible titles to conquer the challenge! [Please note: at the time of this writing, we are still awaiting the 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens top ten list to round out the list of Hub Challenge eligible titles. The list will be updated with that info as soon as it’s available!] 

Challenge rewards Beyond experiencing the best of the best that YA lit has to offer, everyone who finishes the challenge will be invited to submit a response to a book they read for the challenge. The response can be text, graphics, audio, video and will be published on The Hub. Furthermore, everyone who finishes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing for our grand prize: a YALSA tote bag full of 2014 and 2015 YA lit! (If the winner is a teacher or librarian or something similar, we’ll also include a few professional development titles.)

Challenge conquerors will receive an elite digital badge to show off how well-read they are. (And don’t forget major bragging rights and the undying awe and respect of everyone, everywhere.)

Challenge guidelines

  • The challenge begins at 12:01AM EST on February 9 and ends at 11:59PM EST on June 21.
  • Eligible books are the YA titles that were named winners or honor titles for the Schneider Family Book Award and the Stonewall Book Award and those on YALSA’s 2015 Best of the Best list (2015 winners and honor books for the Alex Award, Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, Margaret A. Edwards Award, Michael L. Printz Award, Odyssey Award, and William C. Morris Award, as well as the 2015 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks, Best Fiction, Great Graphic Novels, Popular Paperbacks, and Quick Picks.) Middle grade titles recognized by these lists and awards are not included in the list of eligible titles for this challenge.
  • Format matters: a title that has been recognized for both the print version and the audiobook version can be both read and listened to and count as two books, but a book that has won multiple awards or appears on multiple lists in the same format only counts as one title. If a book was recognized as a print version, listening to the audiobook does not count.
  • Books must be read/listened to (both begun and finished) within the challenge time period. If you’ve already read/listened to a title, you must re-read/listen to it for it to count. The only exception is for titles you read for the Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge; whether or not you finished that challenge, you may count that reading toward your 25 titles.
  • Just about everyone who doesn’t work for ALA is eligible to participate. Non-ALA/YALSA members are eligible. Teens are eligible. Non-US residents/citizens are eligible. (More eligibility questions? Leave a comment or email us.)
  • Once you finish the challenge, we’ll contact you with details about creating and publishing your response.
  • The grand prize winner will be selected by 11:59pm EST on June 23. The winner will be notified via email.

How to participate

  • Comment here announcing your intention to participate. If you’re going to be tracking what you read/listen to on your blog or on Goodreads, LibraryThing, YouTube or some other site, include a link to your blog/shelf/channel/profile in your comment. If you’re not tracking your reading online, keep a list some other way.
  • You may register for the challenge by leaving a comment here and starting your reading any time during the challenge period.
  • Make it a social experience! Share your challenge progress and get to know other participants by using the hashtag #hubchallenge on Twitter.
  • Every Sunday, we’ll publish a check-in post. Leave a comment to talk about what you’re reading for the challenge. If you’ve reviewed those titles somewhere online, include links to those reviews! Otherwise, let us know what you thought of the books in the comments.
  • There will be an finisher form embedded in each check-in post, so once you’re done with the challenge, fill out the form with your name and contact information. This is how you’ll receive your Finisher’s Badge, how you’ll be contacted about your reader’s response, and how you’ll be entered into the drawing for our grand prize. Please fill out the form only once.
  • If you’ve conquered the challenge, let us know in the comments and we’ll send you your Conqueror’s Badge.

Sound good? If you have any questions or problems, let us know in the comments or via email. Otherwise, grab this Participant’s Badge, put it on your blog or in your email signature, and start reading!

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Hub Challenge

YALSA HUB Challenge

YALSA HUB Challenge

YALSA’s 2013 Hub Reading Challenge has begun! Need inspiration to read something new, highly reviewed or talked about?  Discover something different and challenge yourself to read or listen to 25 of the 83 titles by June 22 using YALSA’s  2013 Hub list, our list of eligible titles [pdf].

While their list includes books for adults and older teens, I’ve created a list with ‘tween’ appeal on the HUB tab of the blog (and listed below). As I read and review these books, I will more accurately indicate the age appeal and reading interests of the books. For right now, I have based this slimmed down list off of School Library Journal and Booklist age recommendations, which I don’t always 100% agree with in terms of age appeal, but are usually pretty close.

If you succeed in your challenge, you are eligible to submit a response to a book to be possibly published on The Hub.  You’ll also be entered into a random drawing for anawesome grand prize: a YALSA tote bag full of 2012 and 2013 YA lit!

Rules are listed on the hub page, but a quick note, format DOES matter. So if a print book is recognized, then listening to the audiobook does not count as part of this challenge.

I invite you to join me in reading/listening to 25 eligible titles by June 22! Let the reading and/or listening begin.

Graphic Novels

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Daredevil by Mark Waid

Ultimate comics Spider-Man [Vol. 1]  by Brian Michael Bendis

Stargazing dog by Takashi  Murakami, Takashi

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert

Audio Books

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

Wonder by R.J. Palacio



Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants by Donald R. Gallo

I Pledge Allegiance (Book One Vietnam Series) by Chris Lynch

Alanna Series, The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Alanna Series, In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce

Alanna Series, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce

Alanna Series, Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

Protector of the Small Series, First Test, by Tamora Pierce

Protector of the Small Series, Page, by Tamora Pierce

Protector of the Small Series, Squire, by Tamora Pierce

Protector of the Small Series, Lady Knight, by Tamora Pierce

The Running Dream by  Wendelin Van Draanen

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright



Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson

Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin