Justina Chen Headley Dia Calhoun Lorie Ann Grover Holly Cupala Melissa Walker readergirlz blog

rgz in the press

readergirlz Mission Statement:

To champion teen literacy and corresponding social service.

Launched in March 2007, in celebration of Women's National History Month, readergirlz is the foremost online book community for teen girls, led by five critically acclaimed YA authors - Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Rhia), Holly Cupala (Tell Me a Secret), Lorie Ann Grover (Hold Me Tight), Justina Chen (North of Beautiful), and Melissa Walker (Lovestruck Summer). readergirlz is the recipient of a 2007 James Patterson PageTurner Award, and the 2009 National Book Foundation's Innovations in Reading Prize.

To promote teen literacy and leadership in girls, readergirlz features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month. Twice a year, they hold special literacy projects, including Operation Teen Book Drop, which has donated 20,000 new YA books to hospitalized teens.

Our mission is to champion teen literacy and corresponding social service. Does that mean we are teaching teens to read? It could! Who knows what our next special project will unveil.

Generally though, we use the term "literacy" in a broader sense. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has created a definition for literacy: "the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society."

You might also ask if the social service is performed by rgz as a nonprofit organization or by teens. We answer, both! This is a community where we encourage each other to read, reflect, and reach out. You'll find everyone giving back in some capacity.

Read the readergirlz manifesta.

How Do We Choose Books?

This is a question often asked of the divas. How are books chosen to be featured? Let us give you a rundown. Here are our lines of input:

- Everyone on the rgz team is busy reading year round.

- In December, our postergirlz individually submit their top ten reads of the year to the divas.

- Throughout the months, the postergirlz also alert us the minute they finish a most amazing book.

- Mitali Perkins, our rgz SCOUT, watches the reviews of the most current titles, and she has those works sent to the divas ASAP.

- The rgz Street Team posts their reviews.

- The rgz SALON contributes from their reads.

- The divas watch the blog comments to see what our rgz are talking about and recommending themselves. Considering all the above, the divas select books that reflect strong female protagonists. We make every effort to represent a broad perspective:

* multicultural titles,
* various socioeconomic circumstances
* the overlooked, quiet literary works, and
* the commercial successes that everyone is excited about.

- We then reach out to see if an author's schedule can accommodate the rgz monthly commitment.

- Once the features are booked, the postergirlz are alerted, and collectively they work to suggest the most excellent companion reads to equally accompany the feature. They always include a non-fiction title as well in their monthly recommended reads.

That's pretty much the process. A beautiful synergy to bring you the very best in young adult literature!

Press Links

readergirlz Launch
School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
Seattle Times
Associated Content
Web Junction


PageTurner Awards:
Official PageTurner Site

Innovations in Reading Prize:
Official Press Release
National Book Foundation
Huffington Post
Seattle Times
School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
Seattle PI

Nonprofit Partners
American Library Association (ALA)
Walden Media

31 Flavorites Press
School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly
Create Readers
Shaping Youth

Operation Teen Book Drop, 2008
Official Press Release
News Tribune
School Library Journal

Night Bites, 2008 TRW
Official Press Release
Shaping Youth
The Hour

Operation TBD 2009
Official Press Release
Publishers Weekly
Shaping Youth
Media Bistro
Studio2B & Teen Blog for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

Teen Read Week, Read Beyond Reality, 2009
Official Press Release
The Unquiet Library
Walden Media
Alice's CWIM (Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market) Blog

General Press
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine: The Perfect Party

Additional Press Releases
End of 2008 Celebrations
Melissa Walker joins rgz



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