Teen Read Week Photo Contest Launched

As part of Teen Read Week 2011, teens can enter a photo contest and win autographed books or an e-reader from Penguin Books for Young Readers.

To enter, teens ages 13 to 18 must create a visual representation of their favorite book, upload the photo to Flickr, and tag it with “TRWcontest11.” The contest is open now through October 31. Teens may enter individually and in groups up to three; they may enter as many times as they like. Entrants must fill out an online entry form as well. A contest description and rules can be found at the Teen Read Week website.

TRW 2011 spokesperson Jay Asher will judge the contest. Five finalists will have their photos posted on the YALSA website and win a prize pack from Penguin, including signed copies of Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us by Asher and Carolyn Mackler. The winner will receive an e-reader preloaded with great teen books donated by Penguin, and will be featured on the YALSABlog and in a press release.

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers, and other concerned adults. The purpose of the event is to increase the number of teens who are regular readers and library users. It began in 1998 and is celebrated the third week in October. The 2011 theme is Picture It @ your library, which encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through literature, just for the fun of it. For more information or to register, visit the Teen Read Week website.