Our first-ever Reading Rabble Reluctant Reader Support Grant launches!
The Reading Rabble knows that, as a recovering reluctant reader, I am very passionate about connecting kids with books - especially those who otherwise may not engage with the written word. As much as I've struggled throughout my life with learning, I consider my ability and willingness to read as a cornerstone of my personal development and success. I want everyone to have the chance connect with the world of books - these magical objects that have the power to inform, comfort, entertain, and transform.
So far, my contribution has been writing and promoting books that engage reluctant and struggling readers - along with anyone else who loves a good, exciting story with heart. Writing to my young self entertains me and generously gives me a sense of purpose. I'm thrilled with the response I've gotten from young readers to my twenty-plus books.
And now I'm thrilled to take that commitment a step further. Through our publishing company, Yellow Rocket Media, we're offering our first-ever Reluctant and Struggling Reader Support Grant. The grant offers any school or public library in the US a chance to win $500 to be used at their discretion to support reluctant and struggling readers.
All they have to do is submit the application and create sharable video entries based on my YA thriller novel "The League of Delphi: Book I of The Delphi Trilogy", which has gotten great reviews as a page-turner for even the most reluctant of readers from librarians and teens alike. As an incentive and a bonus, we are giving a free copy of the book to libraries who don't have a copy in their collections.
There are two reasons we're using "The League of Delphi" as the "source text for the grant entries: 1) I thoroughly believe in The Delphi Trilogy and know that young readers talking to each other about it will get it into the hands of more kids who can connect with it; 2) we have the ability to give a copy to libraries that don't already have it in their collections, leaving no one absent of ideas on what to do and leaving no libraries out of the contest.
The grant launches today (Monday, January 12, 2015) and we're accepting applications and entries through Friday, February 20, 2015. The winner will be announced Friday, February 27.
Every one of us knows a dedicated librarian who is touching the lives of young readers and could use a little bump in their budget to reach kids on the fringe who have a desire to learn and be entertained by books but have limited support or self-confidence. If you have a librarian in mind, please share this invitation with them. Let's get more readers into the gang - the more the Rabblier!