Dunking on strangers is great.  Standing like a mannequin is fine too. But if you want to make a splash on the internet this week, you better pick up a book.

The #bookphonechallenge encourages users to pick up their latest reads and hold them to their ear like a phone. It's similar to photos you may have seen of rappers, entertainers, and the suddenly cash-rich holding stacks of money to their ears like phones — only this time, it's for people who love to read.

The #bookphonechallenge started with Lord Jamar, a hip-hop artist from the group Brand Nubian.

In his first post, he wrote, "On my phone, knowledge is calling." Soon after, he made a funny video using his books as a make-believe phone. The challenge was born.

Y'all wanna make the BOOK PHONE a CHALLENGE???...Then make it happen!!! #bookphonechallenge

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Since #bookphonechallenge began July 29, more than 9,000 posts have used the hashtag.

The challenge has spread quickly on social media, particularly among black users. It's the perfect combination of hip-hop culture, continuous learning, and great photos. Since reading is perfect for all age and stages, everyone can participate!

From sweet babies starting on the right track...

...to older kids finding their favorites and exploring the world around them.

Grown folks are in on it too. Sharing what they're reading for business or pleasure...

#bookphonechallenge part 1

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...as well as the books that inspired and challenged them.

As an adult, reading isn't always carefree or fun.

(Finals are no joke.)

But when it comes to learning new things or exploring new places, a good book is the only thing you need.

Music just keeps on calling me! And I'm always shocked at what it's saying. Lol #bookphonechallenge #HBCU #SCSU #HBCUGrad

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(Well, most of the time.)

Yes I wanted in on the #BookPhoneChallenge too! 📚 #MoveWithMelo

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Take part in the #bookphonechallenge or just take a minute to recommend a good read to a friend.

Because unlike the running man or ice bucket challenge, reading will never go out of style.

I live in Washington, the state with the first official outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. While my family lives several hours from Seattle, it was alarming to be near the epicenter—especially early in the pandemic when we knew even less about the coronavirus than we know now.

As tracking websites went up and statistics started pouring in, things looked hairy for Washington. But not for long. We could have and should have shut everything down faster than we did, but Governor Inslee took the necessary steps to keep the virus from flying completely out of control. He's consistently gotten heat from all sides, but in general he listened to the infectious disease experts and followed the lead of public health officials—which is exactly what government needs to do in a pandemic.

As a result, we've spent the past several months watching Washington state drop from the #1 hotspot down to 23rd in the nation (as of today) for total coronavirus cases. In cases per million population, we're faring even better at number 38. We have a few counties where outbreaks are pretty bad, and cases have slowly started to rise as the state has reopened—which was to be expected—but I've felt quite satisfied with how it's been handled at the state level. The combination of strong state leadership and county-by-county reopenings has born statistically impressive results—especially considering the fact that we didn't have the lead time that other states did to prepare for the outbreak.

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