Currently, until Oct 20th, the CBC is taking suggestions for books to be featured during Canada Reads 2014. The theme is ‘what book do you think will change Canada.’
And so I thought about what YA I’d read in the past few years that would qualify (written by a Canadian, traditionally published, available in English and in print) and suggested a couple of titles.
Then I started thinking. What if there was a kids and teens version of Canada Reads?
There sort of is already, with all the library association readers lists like the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading, and the BC Book Prizes, and there’s the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. But I wanted something like Canada Reads for YA. Something nation-wide, possibly on TV.
Instead, I’m thinking I’ll do something sort of similar but also different.
I want you (yes, you) to suggest YA books that you think Canada should read. Same basic rules as Canada Reads apply (see the above Rules section for details), but it has to be a young adult book.
Everyone is welcome to suggest books. Book bloggers, authors, teachers, librarians, reviewers, critics, book nerds, doctors, dentists, pilots, police officers, lawyers. If you can suggest a book in the Suggestion box, then suggest away.
My only requirement is that, when you suggest, you say why, and not that ‘it was totally amazing.’ Give Canada a reason to pick up the book and give it a read.