A few weeks ago, I took to twitter and asked my followers if they were interested in getting involved with a feature on the blog, highlighting YA contemporary reads. The response I got was overwhelming and so very humbling. I was ecstatic to learn that so many wanted to be apart of my little project, not even knowing the details just yet.
The idea to write a letter to my young adult self was partly inspired by the Dear Teen Me book (that I helped promote a few years ago), as well as my current profession in teaching middle school students. Each time I discover a contemporary YA novel, it causes me to reflect back on my own youth and how certain themes played a significant role in my younger years. I see these same stories, coming alive from the pages of the books, inside my classroom every day. All of this propelled the idea to write my own letter, and ask others to write a letter to their YA selves as well.
Over the next month bloggers, readers, and authors will be sharing their open letters to their YA selves. Please join me as we reflect back on our youths, recommend books to our younger selves, and share personal stories waiting to be told. Below you will find the schedule of bloggers and readers who will be posting their own letters. I've also got a handful of YA authors who will be sharing their letters on my blog, as well. I look forward to reading all the letters and the coming together of a YA community.
(If you would like to participate on your own blog, please feel free to do so! Please link back to this post and let me know in the comments with a link. Thanks!)
Be sure to follow the schedule below to read all the Open Letters:
Tues, March 31 - Dianne @ http://www.oopsireadabookagain.com
Wed, April 1 - Erin @ http://www.thehardcoverlover.blogspot.com
Thurs, April 2 - Gaby + Lisa @ http://www.bookishbroads.com
Fri, April 3 - Hazel @ http://www.staybookish.net
Mon, April 6 - Brittany @ http://www.bookaddictsguide.com
Tues, April 7 - Candice @ http://www.thegrownupya.com
Wed, April 8 - Jordin @ http://www.abottomlessbookbag.com
Thurs, April 9 - Lauren @ http://www.bookmarklit.net
Fri, April 10 - Tiff @ http://www.mostlyyalit.com
Mon, April 13 - Andi @ http://www.andiabcs.com
Tues, April 14 - Willa @ http://www.willasramblings.com
Wed, April 15 - Sarah @ http://www.whatsarahread.com
Thurs, April 16 - Heather @ http://www.theturningpages.com
Fri, April 17 - Alexa @ http://www.alexalovesbooks.com
Mon, April 20 - Joli @ http://www.actinupwithbooks.blogspot.com
Tues, April 21 - Margie @ http://www.bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com
Wed, April 22 - Jenna @ http://www.bookiemoji.com/
Thurs, April 23 - Carmel @ http://www.carmelandkyla.blogspot.com
Fri, April 24 - Kyla @ http://www.bookbuddiesph.blogspot.com
Tues, April 28 - Christy @ http://www.novel-ink.blogspot.com
Wed, April 29 - Jen @ http://www.jenuinecupcakes.blogspot.com/
Thurs, April 30 - Jaime @ http://www.fictionfare.blogspot.com
Fri, May 1 - Lauren @ http://www.laurenheartsbooks.com
And you don't want to miss this GIVEAWAY:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway open to international readers (the book depository must be able to ship to you)
Good luck! & stayed tuned for My Open Letter To My YA Self tomorrow on the blog!
Huge thanks to the talented Georgie of What Georgie Did for the beautiful graphic