In 2008 and 2009, readergirlz (http://www.readergirlz.com), Guys Lit Wire (http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com), and YALSA (http://www.ala.org/yalsa) orchestrated publishers’ donations of nearly 20,000 new young adult books to hospitalized teens across the country. For 2010, If I Can Read I Can Do Anything (http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~ifican) has joined forces with these three organizations to drop over 10,000 new YA books, donated by publishers, into the hands of teens on Native American tribal lands. Nationwide, librarians, over 100 YA authors, and teens will drop YA books in their own communities on April 15th, 2010, to raise awareness for Operation TBD 2010 and Support Teen Literature Day. Everyone will join an online TBD Post-Op party at 6 PM PST / 9 PM EST that evening at the readergirlz blog (http://www.readergirlz.com).
Inciting all to participate in Operation TBD in its drive to spur reading on a national scale, readergirlz invites teens and YA authors to leave a book in a public place on April 15th. Participants can download bookplates to insert into the books they’ll leave behind. Come rock the drop in 2010!
I am proud to say that I will be rockin’ the drop! You should do it too, make someone’s day! After dropping the book I might linger around to see who picks it up. Who knows. *shrugs* 😛 Over 100 authors are participating in Operation TBD! Suzanne Young, Sara Zarr, Beth Kephart, Cynthia Leitich Smith, David Levithan, E. Lockhart, Barry Lyga, Carolyn Mackler, Sarah MacLean, Bennett Madison, Nina Malkin, Holly Cupala, Jennifer Echols, Gayle Forman, Aimee Friedman , Linda Gerber, Melissa Walker, Courtney Sheinmel and many many more! Click here to see the full list of authors participating! You just might stumble upon a free book tomorrow!
Tweet to spread the word! Here are some sample tweets:
I rock the drop! #operationtbd
Buy a book for a teen at a tribal school for TBD 2010. http://tinyurl.com/ycohksh #operationtbd Please RT.
Operation Teen Book Drop: 10,000 books brought to Native teens April 15th. Thanks, publishers! #operationtbd http://readergirlz.com/tbd.html