December 15, 2011
JAB is Gaining Momentum!
Hello and Happy Holidays! It’s been awhile. New work and travel have kept me busy. I have a new young adult book underway. Can’t talk about the details just yet, but I love the story and am so excited to be back at my desk writing again.
I had a wonderful trip to Chicago last month for the National Conference of Teachers of English’s ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) workshop. Got to speak about what I do to huge ballroom full of educators and librarians together with author Neal Schusterman. Felt a whole lotta love in that room – thank you so much, ALAN!
Also got to meet friends old and new at the ALAN cocktail party and talk with them about Just Add Books – my campaign to get FOX-TV to add books to its Teen Choice Awards.
JAB has had to take a backseat to deadlines in the past few weeks, but I’ve been working on it and thinking about it nonstop and have a few new things to share with you about the campaign.
First of all, we have a logo – a little bird on a stack of books. I think it’s friendly and optimistic and I love it. You’ll see it on the website – www.justaddbooks.org, and on the campaign’s Facebook page. And Mr. Rupert Murdoch will see it on the letters I write to him! My wonderful artist friend Peg Paterson designed it, and donated her work time to JAB as a gift. Many thanks to her, and to my wonderful husband for creating JAB’s website and Facebook page.
Second, we have a National Write to Rupert Day. I’ll announce it officially after the holidays, but it’s set for early 2012 and I hope you’ll join me that day in flooding Mr. Murdoch’s New York headquarters with letters asking him to help us persuade FOX-TV to Just Add Books.
We also have more support. Many of the writers, educators, editors, and librarians I spoke with at ALAN about JAB expressed interest and pledged their help. I’ll be calling on them to add their voices soon.
And lastly, talking about the campaign with book people has helped me to see that it can be bigger – that the Teen Choice Awards is just the beginning. Reading is so incredibly important to children’s and teens’ future success. You know it, I know it...but do enough kids know it? The media can – and must – help us get that message across. Did you know that the current issue of Teen Vogue has no book reviews in it – why? The current issue of The Economist has a Best Books of 2011 list in it – no children’s book and no teens’ books are on it. There probably aren’t a lot of ten year olds reading that mag, but a lot of parents are. My biggest hope is that JAB can, and will, be a force for change – a way to push the across the idea that reading makes you smart, and nothing is cooler than that.
Best wishes to you for the holidays and for a happy, healthy book-filled new year!
With best wishes,