Pete Hautman! Gene Luen Yang! Ellen Raskin! The National Book Foundation!

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A few months ago, The National Book Foundation — who awarded us an Innovations in Reading Prize back in 2011 — invited us to contribute to their Up All Night online exhibition. This virtual history shines a light on winners and finalists of the Young People’s Literature category and strives to introduce these fantastic writers to younger and future generations.

Of course we said yes!

Now, you can view our entries, honoring three distinct and indispensable writers of young adult literature: Pete Hautman, Ellen Raskin, and Gene Luen Yang.  Each homage has a flavor of its own which reflects some aspect of the writers’ work (for our homage to graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, we actually made our own cartoon, yikes!!).  The entire exhibit is also just beautiful–and chock full of suggestions for awesome summer reads, just when you need it most.

Thank you to the National Book Foundation and to these YA luminaries for giving us this opportunity. We had a blast brainstorming and bringing these ideas to life.  You can view our entries below:

Dear Pete Hautman

YARN v. The Westing Game: An Interrogation

American Born Chinese Cartoon

As always, we appreciate your help in spreading the word about this amazing project throughout social media.  And please let us know what you think below or comment on the entries themselves.

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