What five books shaped your life? That’s the question Scholastic wants you to answer at their new social networking site, You Are What You Read — which is part of Scholastic’s new global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. — launched as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations.
At You Are What You Read, you can peruse the “bookprints” of over 125 celebrities — that is, you can see which five books shape their lives. Then you can create your own bookprint, compare them and connect with readers across the globe. Among the celebrities listing their bookprints include The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, former president George H.W. Bush, singer Taylor Swift and Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe. (Not surprisingly, one of Radcliffe’s five books is Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone!)
Here’s more of what the site has to offer:
- Discover new books through an interactive web that shows how users’ Bookprints are connected
- Find and connect with users across generations and from around the world to see the books in their Bookprints
- Compare their Bookprints to those of the participating “Names You Know,” and find out if they share a book in their Bookprint with famous athletes, award-winning entertainers, world-renowned scientists, or iconic business leaders
- “Favorite” other books they like and check out what similar users enjoy reading
- See which books have been chosen as Favorites from around the world
- Share a book in the real word through Pass It On, which encourages users to give a favorite book to a family member, a friend, or even a complete stranger.
- Coming Soon: Users can join ongoing conversations about books and Bookprints in “Book Buzz,” a live feed of comments, news, and reviews.
You can log on via your Scholastic.com account or your Facebook account. I’ve already created my bookprint: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt, The Stand by Stephen King, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
Now tell us … what’s YOUR bookprint?