Getting teenagers to read, let alone read for pleasure, can be a challenge. One of my favorite and sometimes MOST difficult tasks as an English teacher was helping my students find a book they wanted to read. Some kids love to read, but most kids I’d venture to say, won’t pick up a book unless they have to. There are so many other things vying for their attention. So many things that are louder, feel more pressing, and take less time.
Teens aren’t reading like they used to, and it’s a problem. Reading is a vital skill that offers us a wealth of knowledge. Reading for pleasure can also help with stress and relaxation. Still, more and more teens are not choosing to read. It’s why it is more important than ever for parents and teachers to encourage their kids to make reading for pleasure a priority.
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October 8th-14th is Teen Read Week. Created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), it is a national adolescent literacy initiative hoping to encourage teens to be readers and library users.
To celebrate Teen Read Week, here is a list of my students’ favorite reads.
Time and time again, I’ve seen the books below help teenagers become readers.
Check your library, local bookstore, or click on a link below to help your teen find a book they won’t want to put down.
50 Great Reads for Teens
Young Adult & Adult Fiction
Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction
Fantasy and Science Fiction
This week and the week after and the week after that, let’s encourage the teens in our lives to read.
Let’s read with them
and to them
and around them.