Woot! Come join
us and share your awesome love of reading!
YALSA and readergirlz are partners in Operation
Teen Book Drop (TBD). To celebrate April 17, 2008, Support Teen Literature Day, we've organized a
massive, coordinated release of 10,000 publisher-donated
YA books into the top pediatric hospitals across the country!
about Operation TBD and place the "I Rock the Drop"
icon on your site.
At the readergirlz
MySpace group forum (http://groups.myspace.com/readergirlz)
look for the thread in the group forum titled, "TBD
rgz!" for girlz, or "TBD Authors!"
for authors. Post a reply in the thread that applies to you. Announce
that you plan to "Rock the Drop." Watch
and participate in other readergirlz MySpace group forum TBD
threads as they are posted.
a Book on April 17th
one copy of your novel, with a TBD bookplate pasted inside,
in a teen gathering spot in your community. Place it where the book
will be found, taken, and read. (i.e. a coffee shop, the park, your
school, a bus stop.) Imagine the fun someone will have when they
find your donation! This is the same day all 10,000 publisher-donated
books will be dropped in pediatric hospitals across the country,
and it is the same day authors and readergirlz worldwide will release
their own books into their communities just as you have.
the TBD Post Op Party, April 17th
invite all readergirlz and authors to join our online two-hour
book party hosted at the readergirlz
MySpace group forum (http://groups.myspace.com/readergirlz),
on April 17th (Support Teen Literature Day), from 6-8pm Pacific/9-11pm
Eastern. The chat will be in a thread titled "TBD Post
Op Party." The readergirlz divas will be giving away
books and prizes, and chatting with teens and authors from around
the world. We've invited so many authors and girlz you just never
know who you might end up chatting with!
has special meaning to the readergirlz divas. After researching
pediatric oncology wards for her novel GIRL OVERBOARD, Justina Chen
Headley spent a year purchasing autographed YA novels to donate
to her local Children's Hospital, specifically because most hospitals
do not have comfort objects for teens. Lorie Ann Grover (ON POINTE)
and Dia Calhoun (AVIELLE OF RHIA) personally know the healing power
of stories during hospital stays, since they both live with chronic
illness. Mitali Perkins (WHITE HOUSE RULES) has recently joined
the team and is eager to support a readergirlz/YALSA special project.
all know that books give hope. Together, let's show our love of
teen lit and ROCK THE DROP.
reflect, and reach out!
Calhoun, Lorie Ann Grover, Justina Chen Headley, and Mitali Perkins
(readergirlz divas / authors)
postergirlz advisory council recommend a variety of titles
for teens dealing with health issues. Their list of picks is split
into two sections: Under Redefining Normal, the
book characters are facing similar trials themselves or their friends
or family have health concerns. Escape Reads are
for all teens who need a moment to journey to another place and
refuel their own energy and hope. The readergirlz divas and postergirlz
hope that many find comfort and encouragement through these works
librarians selected books all about teens whose lives are
affected by illness and injury, either their own or a loved one's.
Some of these books are realistic fiction, some nonfiction, some
historical fiction, some science fiction and fantasy. By reading
these books, ill and injured teens, or those with sick family members
or friends, will know that they are not alone in their battles against