Did you know that people with disabilities are the largest minority group in the United States? Almost 50 million Americans live with a disability! Unfortunately, people with disabilities are rarely portrayed in books and other media and when they are, their stories are often misrepresented or used to support the story of an abled main character.
For this challenge, read a book with a main character who has a disability. We've linked you to some recommended reads below.
*Note that many people in the Deaf community do not consider themselves to be disabled, which is why some people use the phrase "deaf and disabled" to describe the larger group of people with physical and cognitive impairments. We've included some books with deaf characters here because those books will count toward your challenge.
Insta poetry is fire! For this challenge, check out some of the IG poets and poetry accounts we've linked below.
Don't see your favorite IG poet here? Let us know who else we should include! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions.
You're 5 challenges down--give yourself a pat on the back! Submit your first form to be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 Amazon gift cards. Drawing closes on August 14th. Winners will be chosen by August 31st.
Lots of authors use Twitter as a way to communicate with their readers and with each other. For this challenge, head over to Twitter and search for your favorite author. Do they have an account? Do they tweet often? If you have a Twitter account, we highly recommend following some of your favorite authors--you may get extra bookish content and news about new books before you hear it anywhere else!
Many authors love when their fans write to them and let them know how much they enjoyed their books. If you want to go the extra mile with this challenge, send your author a DM on Twitter or look up their contact information on their website and send them an email. It's very likely that you'll hear back but even if you don't, know how much it means to these authors to hear that you liked their stories.
Challenge yourself to learn something new and explore a nonfiction title. We promise that not all nonfiction books read like a textbook. Don't think you like nonfiction? Give it another shot.
Click here for a list to get you started.
Do you have a quote from a book that just sticks in your head? Why not make art with it!
There is a lot of different art that you can make with words. Here is some of what you can do:
Want to show off your work? Take a photo and tag us @fairfaxlibrary on Instagram. We'll repost your submissions in IG stories.
You're absolutely crushing it! Ten challenges down and five to go. Submit your second form to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards. Drawing closes on August 14th. Winners will be chosen by August 31st.
Big books don't have to be intimidating! Some long books are so great that you won't even notice you're reading a tome toppler. Check below for some recommendations for long books that fly by. We think you'll agree that they're worth the extra reading time.
Have you ever wondered what might happen if characters from different books could talk to one another? Now is your chance to find out!
For this challenge, choose two characters from different books and write a series of letters back and forth to one another. Are they friends or enemies? What kind of advice do they give each other?
We know that people don't write many letters these days (or rather, we write lots of very short letters to each other all day long) so we've linked you to some YA books that are written in the epistolary format, meaning they're written in letters, emails, dairy entries or text messages. This should get you started.
Click here to browse our collection of e-audiobooks. If full length books aren't your thing, try a serialized podcast instead. These podcasts tell book length stories in bite sized pieces so you can enjoy the content in smaller doses. Some of the podcasts we like are below.
Note: The starred podcasts below might be better suited for older teens and could feature mature subjects or themes and some strong language. A trusted adult should preview these podcasts before you dive in.
You've done it! 15 challenges up, 15 challenges down--there's nothing left to do but roll out the red carpet for you, my friend. Submit your final form to be entered into a drawing for one of two $150 gift cards. Drawing closes on August 14th. Winners will be chosen by August 31st.