If you’ve been hiding in a cave, you might not know today marks Readergirlz’ 2010 Operation Teen Book Drop extravaganza. A little background:
In 2008 and 2009, readergirlz , Guys Lit Wire, and 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 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.
I am thrilled to be a part of this year’s activities, and rocked my own drop, a copy of Vacations From Hell, with stories by Maureen Johnson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray and Sarah Mlynowski, at a Starbucks across the street from a local high school. If you’re a Colorado local, look for a bunch of Warriors near a Dry Creek, and you may find the book!
But I’m not the only one rocking the drop. Follow #operationTBD on Twitter for more clues to books being dropped. Or check out kt literary client Ransom Riggs’ fabulous video clue for a copy of his book, The Sherlock Holmes Handbook. Josie Bloss left a copy of Albatross somewhere on the Indiana University campus — will you be the one to find it?
Another fantastic way to help support this great cause is to send books directly to Native American teens in need. Chasing Ray helped put together the wish lists for two schools, and you have to read about some of the kids’ requests. If you can, please help!
Are any of you participating in Operation TBD?