June 1st, 2012 by Karen
I love wearing my Hufflepuff scarf and my Mockingjay pin to show off my Harry Potter and Hunger Games pride. Loving those books is a big part of who I am. But what’s cool is that other fans can instantly recognize me as a kindred spirit. And it goes both ways — like the other day when I stopped a stranger on the street because he was carrying a District 2 backpack!
But how can we have the same experience with everyone in the world, instead of just the people we see in person? Well, The New York Times has the answer!
On June 7th, they’re hosting a day for everyone to shout out their summer reading plans. Kids and adults from all over the planet are invited to post their thoughts on summer reading and/or the books on their personal to-read lists. Throughout the day, The New York Times will re-broadcast their favorites!
Here’s the only catch: the whole thing will take place on Twitter, which most of you guys probably are not on because you’re under 13. But that’s where we come in — just leave a comment here before June 7th and we’ll tweet it on your behalf on the big day! And if your contribution gets re-posted by The New York Times, you can bet we’ll report it here!
Not sure what you want to say? The New York Times has some ideas:
- What you want to read — or have to read — this summer
- Wonderful, or awful, memories of summer reading
- Quotes about summer reading, or about reading in general
- Book recommendations for others
- Summer book club ideas
- Summer site-specific recommendations: best beach books, camping books, car-trip audio books, family-reunion books, etc.
- Best places to summer-read, or best things to eat and drink while summer reading
- Thoughts about the concept of “summer reading” in general. For instance, why isn’t there “fall reading” or “winter reading”?
For my part, I have SO MANY things to say about summer reading, I already know one tweet won’t be enough to express them all. It’s going to be like a chorus of songbirds, I’m gonna tweet so much! For example:
Gonna read Wonder by RJ Palacio, Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, and Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire by Polly Horvath! #summerreading
If not too hot, my fave #summerreading spot is Central Park. When it’s sweltering, I turn on AC & read in my armchair w/ pint of ice cream.
Best #summerreading memory = racing through new Harry Potter bks. My eyes tripped over the words, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen!
What do YOU have to say? Leave a comment, and we’ll tweet it for you! And don’t forget to leave your first name and your age — we’ll include that when we post.
Happy summer reading!