Top Ten Tuesday: MANY Reading Without Walls Recommendations #ReadingWithoutWalls


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Many Reading Without Walls Recommendations

View the Reading Without Walls announcement by Gene Luen Yang at

About Reading Without Walls

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang calls us all to READ WITHOUT WALLS, exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried.

READING WITHOUT WALLS promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, READING WITHOUT WALLS is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

Take the Reading Without Walls Challenge this April

Reading Without Walls is happening now, and anyone can participate — teachers, librarians, book-sellers, and readers. Just find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you.

What can YOU do to read without walls?

Once you’ve finished reading, complete the challenge by challenging someone else! Use #ReadingWithoutWalls to tell all of your friends on social media what books you chose and challenge them to do the same.


In addition to Gene Luen Yang’s books, here are just a few handfuls of titles that I can recommend to help us and our students & children read without walls. I know this is quite an extensive list, but I tried to include a variety to help have a recommendation for any reader (though I mostly stuck with middle grade and YA texts).


Diverse Character Reccomendations

1. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

2. Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

3. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

4. Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle

5. The Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson

6. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

7. A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

8. Kiki & Jacques by Susan Ross

9. Ghost by Jason Reynolds

10. Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

11. Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby

12. Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina

13. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

14. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

15. Zack Delacruz by Jeff Anderson

Interesting Topics Recommendations

1. The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

2. Bot Wars by J.V. Kade

3. Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

4. Risking Exposure by Jeanne Moran

5. Revolution by Deborah Wiles

6. A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

7. Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

8. The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman

9. Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie

10. Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Different Format Recommendations

1. Audiobook: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

2. Audiobook: Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

3. Audiobook: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

4. Audiobook: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

5. Graphic Novel: HiLo by Judd Winick

6. Graphic Novel: The Underground Abductor (and the rest of the Hazardous Tales series) by Nathan Hale

7. Graphic Novel: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

8. Graphic Novel: El Deafo by Cece Bell

9. Novel in Verse: Loving Vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell

10. Novel in Verse/Vignettes: Moo by Sharon Creech

Which books do you recommend others read to Read Without Walls?


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