Reading Without Walls

Consider Gene Luen Yang’s challenge.

RWW-Challenge-300x225It’s simple. Yang, who is the US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, suggests that we might expand our horizons by taking down the walls around our reading choices.

 

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Some of us grew up on a diet of books about characters who looked nothing like us and lived very different lives from ours. That’s all we had when I grew up. It places you in a pretty humbling position to constantly be reading about a world of which you know nothing. But it can teach you a lot as well. About the world, about empathy, about tolerance and understanding. About what it takes to navigate the mazes of walls we encounter in life.

 

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