Happy Teen Read Week!

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More than a dozen authors to converge on rgz forum to chat with ravenous teen readers

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</span>Arial”>Sept. 18, 2008 (Seattle, Wash.)</span>mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA’s) </span>mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial”>readergirlz (rgz) is excited to present Night Bites, a series of online live chats with an epic lineup of published authors. The chats will take place at the rgz forum, Oct. 13-17, 2008.

  • Multicultural Bites with authors Coe Booth (TYRELL), An Na (THE FOLD), and rgz diva Mitali Perkins (SECRET KEEPER)
  • Verse Bites with rgz diva Lorie Ann Grover (ON POINTE), Stephanie Hemphill (YOUR OWN SYLVIA), and Lisa Ann Sandell (SONG OF THE SPARROW)
  • Contemporary Bites with Ally Carter (CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY), rgz diva Justina Chen Headley (NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL), and Maureen Johnson (SUITE SCARLETT)
  • Fantasy Bites with Holly Black and Ted Naifeh (THE GOOD NEIGHBORS), rgz diva Dia Calhoun (AVIELLE OF RHIA), and Tamora Pierce (MELTING STONES)
  • Gothic Bites with Holly Cupala (A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT), Christopher Golden (SOULLESS), Annette Curtis Klause (BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE), and Mari Mancusi (BOYS THAT BITE).
  • groups.myspace.com/readergirlz) beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific Time (9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time), Oct. 13-17.

    www.youtube.com/readergirlz

    About readergirlz

    Avielle of Rhia), Lorie Ann Grover (On Pointe), Justina Chen Headley (Girl Overboard), and Mitali Perkins (First Daughter: White House Rules). readergirlz is the recipient of a 2007 James Patterson PageTurner Award.

    www.readergirlz.com and www.myspace.com/readergirlz, or contact divas@readergirlz.com.

    About YALSA

    For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, films and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

    Ó2008 readergirlz

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    “FLY WITH US. READ WITH K

    US Airways and Reading Is Fundamental Put Children’s Books on Planes;
    Launch “Read with Kids Challenge.”

    TEMPE, Ariz., — Feb. 29, 2008—US Airways (LCC) has joined with Reading
    Is Fundamental (RIF) to launch a new early childhood literacy
    campaign, “Fly with US. Read with Kids,” which features a free
    children’s book for passengers traveling domestically during March,
    the online “Read with Kids Challenge,” and support of RIF programs
    serving young children across the nation.

    During the month of March, US Airways, the official airline of RIF,
    will distribute copies of best-selling author/illustrator Lucy’s
    Cousins’ children’s book Come Fly with Maisy to passengers on
    domestic, mainline flights to take and share with a child. The
    organizations’ “Read with Kids Challenge” encourages Americans to read
    with young children during March, April, and May in an effort to log
    one million minutes reading. All entrants who log their time will
    qualify for a grand prize drawing of a family vacation to Walt Disney
    World(R) Resort in Orlando as well as other prizes. Participants can
    enter their time online at RIF.org.

    “Reading, much like travel, is an adventure and a way to explore new
    worlds,” said Doug Parker, US Airways Chairman and CEO. “By teaming up
    with RIF on this first-of-its kind campaign, US Airways is helping
    foster literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading in children
    throughout the country – a key foundation for future academic and
    economic success.”

    US Airways’ new campaign with RIF, the nation’s oldest and largest
    children and families’ literacy nonprofit organization, also includes
    donating 80,000 books to 25,000 children in RIF programs. US Airways’
    3,300-member employee volunteer corps, the Do Crew, will participate
    in RIF book distributions and reading rallies in communities where the
    airline has large employee concentrations: Boston; Charlotte, N.C.;
    Las Vegas; New York City; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh;
    Washington, D.C.; and Winston-Salem, N.C.

    “Reading and interacting with children is fun and valuable whether at
    30,000 feet or at ground level,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and
    CEO of RIF. “Thanks to US Airways, RIF can provide more books to
    children and their families and promote the value of adults reading
    with young children. Research has shown that reading to young children
    helps them build vocabulary, develop skills for reading, and better
    prepare for success in school.” qubo, a TV and online entertainment
    service for children that champions literacy, has agreed to help
    promote the Read with Kids Challenge. qubo is currently broadcast on
    NBC Saturday mornings, ION TV network Friday afternoons and Telemundo
    weekend mornings and airs as a 24/7 digital broadcast channel and
    website.

    About RIF
    Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), founded in 1966, is the nation’s oldest
    and largest children and families’ literacy nonprofit organization.
    RIF’s programs work to improve literacy by providing children with
    free new books, promoting reading for fun, and involving caring
    adults—all proven to support academic achievement. Because research
    has shown the importance of early childhood language development,
    RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to
    age 8. In 2007, RIF distributed 16 million books to 4.6 million
    children at nearly 20,000 locations, including schools, clinics, Head
    Start centers, and other sites throughout the U.S. RIF’s website
    offers educators, parents, and children advice and activities that
    support literacy. Visit www.RIF.org

    About US Airways
    US Airways is the fifth largest domestic airline employing more than
    36,000 aviation professionals worldwide. US Airways, US Airways
    Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 3,800 flights per
    day and serve more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe,
    the Caribbean and Latin America. US Airways is a member of the Star
    Alliance network, which offers our customers 17,000 daily flights to
    897 destinations in 160 countries worldwide. This press release and
    additional information on US Airways can be found at www.usairways.com
    (LCCG)

    Reading Is Fundamental

    As a public school teacher, I am distinctly aware of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its various incarnations, including Goals 2000 and No Child Left Behind.  As an avid reader and formerly low-income elementary school student, I was a direct beneficiary of the Reading Is Fundamental program.  I believe I still have the books I got from them.  At a time when my family could not afford new books and we rarely had time to go to the library, RIF provided new reading material for me.

    Here is a message/press release from the president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental:

    President Bush Eliminates Funding for Reading Is Fundamental’s Historic Book Distribution Program Serving 4.6 Million Children

    Statement from Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO, of Reading Is Fundamental

    “President Bush’s proposed budget calling for the elimination of Reading Is Fundamental’s (RIF) Inexpensive Book Distribution program would be devastating to the 4.6 million children and their families who receive free books and reading encouragement from RIF programs at nearly 20,000 locations throughout the U.S.

    “Unless Congress reinstates $25.5 million in funding for this program, RIF would not be able to distribute 16 million books annually to the nation’s youngest and most at-risk children. RIF programs in schools, childcare centers, migrant programs, military bases, and other locations serve children from low-income families, children with disabilities, foster and homeless children, and children without access to libraries.  The Inexpensive Book Distribution program is authorized under the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (SEC.5451 Inexpensive Book Distribution Program for Reading Motivation) and is not funded through earmarks. It has been funded by Congress and six Administrations without interruption since 1975.

    “Since its founding in 1966, RIF’s programs have played an important role in improving literacy in this country.  The U.S. Department of Education has shown that the number of books in a child’s home is a significant predictor of academic achievement. In addition, RIF programs also support academic achievement by involving hundreds of thousands of volunteers and other caring adults in encouraging children to read for fun. We urge all Americans to contact their Congressional representatives and ask them to reinstate funding for this important program.” 

     

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    Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.6 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

     Discover the Joy!

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    For more information, contact:
    Layla Wright-Contreras,
    Media Relations Manager
    202-536-3528
    lwright@rif.org

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    Welcome!

    Inspired by readergirlz, I’ve started this reading journal.

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    INSPIRING TODAY’S GIRLS TO BE TOMORROW’S HISTORY
    YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS CREATE AN ONLINE BOOK SALON FOR GUTSY GIRLS

    SEATTLE, March 1 – In honor of Women’s History Month, four young adultauthors are launching readergirlz, a new online book salon celebrating gutsy girls in life and literature.

    Starting on March 1, readergirlz founders Dia Calhoun, Janet Lee Carey, Lorie Ann Grover, and Justina Chen Headley will unveil a monthly book selection, featuring young adult novels with gutsy female characters.

    More than just a book club, readergirlz aims to encourage teen girls to read and reach out with community service projects related to each featured novel. As well, readergirlz will host MySpace discussions with each book’s author, include author interviews, and provide book party ideas, including playlists, menus, and decorations. All content will be available through the readergirlz website (www.readergirlz.com), MySpace (www.myspace.com/readergirlz and groups.myspace.com/readergirlz), and LiveJournal (readergirlz.livejournal.com).

    “We want girls to be the best women they can be,’ explains Headley. The inspiration for readergirlz came from Headley’s book tour last spring where she made a special effort to visit urban communities that couldn’t otherwise bring in authors. She recruited three critically-acclaimed novelists—Calhoun, Carey, and Grover—to start readergirlz as a way to talk to teens about reading and writing.

    “Readergirlz is a way I can connect wonderful books to girls I’d never be able to meet otherwise,’ agrees Calhoun.

    The founders hope readergirlz will change the way girls experience literature and see themselves. “I want to challenge girls to go for their dreams,’ says Carey. “I learned how brave girls can be through books, and I want to share the power of literature with girls, wherever they are.’

    Using MySpace and a website, the readergirlz founders, dubbed the divas, plan to provide a rich literary experience for teen girls online. “We already have over 750 friends on MySpace. From surveys to playlists to author interviews, we’ll provide young adult readers with fun, meaningful content,” explains Grover. “Why not harness the powerof MySpace to get girls to think critically about what they want to bein the future?’

    Each book selection will dovetail to a topic, identified by the readergirlz divas and prominent children’s lit bloggers as topics teen girls should know about in this millennium.

    The first topic is Tolerance, a theme explored in the kick-off book selection for readergirlz, Nothing but the Truth (and a few whitelies). As prominent blogger, Jennifer Robinson of jkrbooks.typepad.com, noted, teens “need to know that when they are mean or intolerant to other people, they’re doing damage.’

    In conjunction with the first novel, teen girls will be encouraged to visit www.tolerance.org to learn how to safely stop bullying and to apply for one of the organization’s Mix It Up grants to break social and racial barriers within their schools.

    ABOUT THE READERGIRLZ FOUNDERS

    Dia Calhoun is the winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature, and author of five young adult fantasies,including Avielle of Rhia and The Phoenix Dance.

    Janet Lee Carey won the 2005 Mark Twain Award for Wenny Has Wings, and her forthcoming young adult fantasy, Dragon’s Keep, has already received a starred review in Booklist.

    Lorie Ann Grover is a former ballerina-turned-verse-novelist whose acclaimed work includes On Pointe and Loose Threads, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age.

    Justina Chen Headley sold her first two novels at auction, including her debut, Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies), named Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best.

    For more information about readergirlz, please visit their website (www.readergirlz.com), MySpace (www.myspace.com/readergirlz and groups.myspace.com/readergirlz), and LiveJournal (readergirlz.livejournal.com).

    Contact: Justina Chen Headley at justina@justinachenheadley.com

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