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Reading Without Walls

This month, Crocker is participating in a reading challenge called Reading Without Walls. The challenge is a project of Gene Leun Yang, a Bay Area author/illustrator and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Here’s how the challenge works, participants:

  • Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
  • Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
  • Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, graphic novel, an audio book, a book in verse, an ebook, or a picture book.

Who should participate? Kids and grownups – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, teachers, even babies! Share our reading challenge with your friends and families.

Do we have to keep track of anything? Nope. Just read.

Do we win anything? No prizes, just smarter, happier readers.

Can we read with a friend or family member? Of course.

What do we do now?

  1. Read something!
  2. Take a picture of yourself with one of the books you read. Send it to or share with or bring a print into the library. We’ll post pictures on our wall in the library. Kids, families, friends — all pictures are welcome. If you post your picture online, include #readingwithoutwalls.

Not sure what to read? This month we’ll have recommendations from Crocker kids and community members. Here are a few resources to get started.

PARENT GUIDE to Reading to Build Empathy

NPR’s Book Concierge

Mighty Girl Books – Not just for girls

Cooperative Children’s Book Center – Books Lists for Elementary Age

Barnes and Noble BNKids Blog

Commonsense Media Books that Teach Empathy

13 Books to Start Conversations About Empathy

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