Rock the Drop 2012

Cindy and Lynn: Tomorrow, Thursday, 4.12.12 is Rock the Drop Day. What’s that, you say? Readergirlz Blog and Figment sponsors this annual event and Cindy spied it on a friend’s Facebook page this week (thank you Stacy Dillon of Welcome to My Tweendom). The details are spelled out here, but basically you are encouraged to leave a teen book in the wild tomorrow. Print out the bookplate available at the RTD site and put it in the book and leave it somewhere to be found and read tomorrow. We are planning to disperse our leftover 2011 advance reader copies. We have our school book club tonight and they get first crack at them as a reward for reading all year, but we will still have plenty to give new life to tomorrow.

Yes, it is the 100th anniversary of the voyage of the Titanic, and perhaps we should have paid tribute to that anniversary as a recent Twitter stream confirmed that there are many people who thought it was just a movie. “You mean there really was a Titanic?” Oy. But you can Google “Titanic Sinking” and see Lego YouTube versions, follow the blow-by-blow Twitter feed that will recreate the sinking, or any of another 18,200,000 hits. Let us know how that goes for you. We’ll be Rocking the Drop around Holland and Grand Haven, Michigan. Better yet, let us know what book you drop tomorrow and where you leave it. We’d love to know.

Tomorrow, April 12th,  is also Drop Everything and Read Day!   National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority.  D.E.A.R is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA); Parent Teacher Association (PTA); the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association; Reading Rockets; The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC); the Newspaper Association of America Foundation (NAA); First Book; HarperCollins Children’s Books; Read Kiddo Read; Walden Media and Ramona Quimby.  It is celebrated on beloved author Beverly Cleary’s birthday.  So not only can you drop books but we encourage you to pick some up and read with your family!

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Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1. greenmanj@westottawa.net' Jane says:

    An observant student found a book on the playground this afternoon at Corpus Christi Catholic School. We wondered what it was all about? Thanks to the rocker who dropped it!

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