Yesterday, to support Teen Literature Day, I bought two books and left them in the rec centers around town where I know kids hang out. I loved reading when I was in high school, but no one was putting any young adult literature in my hands, so I was reading things like Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond or Emma by Jane Austen. I don’t regret that I spent my youth reading academic writing or classics, but I sure would have loved to experienced the gorgeous, inspiring prose of writers like Gayle Foreman when I was that age.
Twitter was all abuzz with YA authors who were leaving their own books across their cities. It was so fun to see all the #rockthedrop tweets with pictures of books in coffee shops and on park benches and wonder about the person who would pick them up. This project undoubtedly put books in the hands of people who wouldn’t seek them out out their own, and hopefully, a few will become lifelong readers as a result. It’s inspiring that social media can help people coordinate this kind of activism.
Did you rock the drop or see any books left in odd places yesterday?