"Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly."
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
|My boys Austin and Andrew|
To read or not to read? Well, in our home my teens know the answer to that question. They do not have an option. However, I never want their love of reading to fizzle out just because my husband and I require them to read. So far we've been lucky, I think it is very important that your child gets to pick their poison. Austin is all about dragons and Harry Potter. Abigaile likes chick-lit Sarah Dessen books and Andrew loves The Series of Unfortunate Events.
Reading as a teen leads to great success in everyday life. Not only does reading help teens do well in school but in all aspects in general. I know reading helps my children have conversations with adults without any trouble. While their nose is pressed deep into a book, they gain better knowledge about people and the world around them. There are a ton of different authors and styles of writing out there in the YA genre. The vast options to choose from right now in the teen section in the library or book store, is crazy cool. Teens today are blessed, I wish I had such a massive selection of reading material in my library when I was that age, I might would have read more. The more variety teens read, the stronger their confidence becomes in their writing and speaking skills. Reading can show your teen that maybe they are not alone in what they are feeling at the time. I can think of many things teens often do when they are bored... drugs, sex and alcohol, just to name a few. Keeping your teen busy with books will definitely pay off in the end or at least keep them out of the trouble. Showing teens that everyone (including other teens in books) have problems or obstacles in his/her life may help your teen find solutions to solving their own problems. I ask my kids all the time what they learned from the book they have just read, I like to stay on top of what they are reading.
When teens read more than just what is given to them in the classroom, it is widely known that they do pretty well in school and other areas. All that extra reading totally broadens their vocabulary and their imagination. Teens who read more gain skills in knowing how to handle difficult situations. Ideas. Notions. The more teens read, the more they learn, it's that simple! Reading leads to awareness, that is useful in a wide variety of obstacles throughout life. For example, the teen who reads Holly Cupala's book Tell Me A Secret has a better understanding of what happens to a teenage girl who gets pregnant at a young age. (Andye's Review)
I really want my teens to have a passion for reading as much as I do. I can tell you, the joy of reading does fade in and out from time to time on both me and my teens part. But as soon as one of us reads a great book and we start discussing it together as a family, the quest is back on... to find that really good book that will give us another exciting journey.
Parents DO your part by encouraging your teens to stay motivated to read by expressing interest in what they are reading and discussing it as a family around the dinner table. Do an activity that incorporates the book that they are reading at the time in everyday life. Example > If they are reading Harry Potter, sit down and whittle a wand from sticks you find in the backyard. You are tying strings (bonding) with your teen like you wouldn't believe. And please, do whats right for your teen... don't hesitate to make it a requirement in your home. They will thank you later on in life!
He held up the book then. "I'm reading it to you for relax."
"Has it got any sports in it?"
"Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautiful ladies. Snakes. Spiders... Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions. Miracles."
"Sounds okay," I said, and I kind of close my eyes.
-William Goldman, The Princess Bride
How Parents Can Encourage Their Kids To Read
RIF Parent Guide Brochure ~ Please GO and read the original article, it's a very good site full of useful info. I wanted to post this article I found off the Reading Is Fundamental website because I really liked the ideas.
You know that reading is important, and you obviously want to make sure that your teenager grows into adulthood with all the skills he or she needs to succeed. The following is a list of ways that to encourage your teens to read.
1. Set an example. Let your kids see you reading for pleasure.
2. Furnish your home with a variety of reading materials. Leave books, magazines, and newspapers around. Check to see what disappears for a clue to what interests your teenager.
3. Give teens an opportunity to choose their own books. When you and your teen are out together, browse in a bookstore or library. Go your separate ways and make your own selections. A bookstore gift certificate is a nice way of saying, "You choose".
4. Build on your teens interests. Look for books and articles that feature their favorite sports teams, rock stars, hobbies, or TV shows. Give a gift subscription to a special interest magazine.
5. View pleasure reading as a value in itself. Almost anything your youngsters read--including the Sunday comics--helps build reading skills.
6. Read some books written for teens. Young adult novels can give you valuable insights into the concerns and pressures felt by teenagers. You may find that these books provide a neutral ground on which to talk about sensitive subjects.
7. Make reading aloud a natural part of family life. Share an article you clipped from the paper, a poem, a letter, or a random page from an encyclopedia--without turning it into a lesson.
8. Acknowledge your teens mature interests. Look for ways to acknowledge the emerging adult in your teens by suggesting some adult reading you think they can handle.