Skype Visit with Author Jennifer Holm Kicks Off Adi’s Reading Challenge
On October 20, boys 4th grade and up, began Adi’s Reading Challenge: a literacy challenge where students read the best new fiction published in 2018 and try to predict the winners of the next Newbery, Coretta Scott King and other major awards from the American Library Association.
Adi’s Reading Challenge was created to honor the life of Aditya Srinivasan ’19, and was previously called the Adi’s Newbery Challenge and Allen-Stevenson’s Mock Newbery Challenge. This is its fifth year.
Unique to this year, our Middle School boys were fortunate enough to participate in a Skype visit with Jennifer Holm, children’s writer and recipient of three Newbery Honors and the Eisner Award. Ms. Holm talked with our Middle School boys about her writing process, her books, the Newbery Honors, and what inspired her to write. The boys loved speaking with her, and their faces lit up whenever she spoke about books they’d read. The Fourteenth Goldfish was probably voted their favorite!
Participation in the Reading Challenge requires boys to read a book from a shortlist curated by the Library team, then to submit a response by either filling out a form for a fiction or nonfiction book, or recording a short video. Once done, boys visit Mrs. Kate Reid, Circulation Manager, to talk about the book and claim their prize. Readers of multiple books will be invited to our voting party in January! Boys this year are reading great books like Sunny by Jason Reynolds, Aru Shah And The End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, Front Page by Kelly Yang and so many more!
“Adi’s Reading Challenge is a great way to get boys to venture outside of their reading comfort zone,” said Sarah Kresberg, Library Technology Commons Director. “It also helps remind boys how enjoyable reading can be, while adding a little friendly competition to it! The best part is listening to the boys talk so excitedly about the books they’ve read.”