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How'd it go?

It's hard to believe but summer is over...and that means Youth Read is too. We'd love to hear what you thought about the challenges, website, and prizes so that we can make it even better next year! Please take a few minutes and give us:

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Youth Read is finished, but the fun doesn't have to end - you can still show us your creative side with Teens Create, tell us what you're reading for our Teen Picks list, and keep an eye on the Teen Zone Blog for future challenges and contests.

Week 6: Mix It Up

KatOxymoronic, Roxy Doodlebug, Em, S.PuppyCreature, and Kenzie - you have all won draws in the last few weeks but we're having a hard time contacting you - please email us at to claim your prizes!

boy readingChallenge 1: Read!

Notes on the Art of Poetry by Dylan Thomas

I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on
in the world between the covers of books,
such sandstorms and ice blasts of words…
such staggering peace, such enormous laughter,
such and so many blinding bright lights,
splashing all over the pages
in a million bits and pieces
all of which were words, words, words,
and each of which were alive forever
in its own delight and glory and oddity and light.

In other words, read!
If you choose this as your option, just select "Reading hours" as your submission type on the contest submission form.

Challenge 2: Draw Something.

Anything – we know there are some talented artists among you so show us something amazing. Hand drawn, digital, painted – any medium you like.

Challenge 3: Author-ity

Do you ever think about the people who write your favourite books? Ever imagine having afternoon tea with Jane Austen, horseback riding with S.E. Hinton, or fighting worldsuck with John Green? Here's your chance to tell us all the details of your meeting with any author, living or dead.

bonus prizeChallenge 4: Literary Mixtape

Bonus Prize Challenge! This week, complete this challenge for a chance to win a sweet set of Skullcandy Hesh 2 headphones.

OK, so most of you weren’t even born when cassette tapes began to vanish; they lost out to CDs and later to digital technology, and with good reason. So why are we still nostalgic about mixtapes? I think it’s because of the effort you had to put into them – the person getting the tape knew you really cared, because getting the tape just right was a huge pain! (Alex explains the process and gives an example here if you’re curious.) Now, we’re not going to make you record songs from the radio, or send us an obsolete magnetic recording medium – just make a playlist of ten or so songs for your favourite character. But - just like a mixtape, make sure you put a little heart into it.


When you're ready, submit your challenges using the link at the side or click here.