This week is Teen Read Week. The theme is “Read For The Fun Of It,” and this year’s sub-theme is “LOL @ your library” (humorous books and grahpic novels).
Celebrate Teen Read Week by reading great teen fiction; buying some great teen fiction and sharing it with the teen in your life or someone who likes reading teen fiction; reading a book from YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) LOL list; checking out some of the great resources and ideas on this year’s Teen Read Week Wiki (including Favorite Book Review Sites for YA Books; places where teens can get published; what makes librarians laugh); checking out the events at your local library; and reading what makes eight teen fiction authors laugh–Chris Crutcher, Dave Barry, Meg Cabot, Lisi Harrison, Cecily von Ziegesar, Mary Hogan, Chris Lynch and Dorian Cirrone.
You can also listen to Meg Cabot’s 30-second PSAs for Teen Read Week (which seem like ads encouraging teens to use the library) here.
Reading should be encouraged, should be a fun activity. To encourage this, YALSA suggests to:
1. Give teens time to read for the fun of it.
2. Allow teens to select their own reading material.
3. Help teens get in the habit of reading regularly and of it
That seems like a baseline to me. Trust your teen. Let them pick their own books. Heck, why not give them a bookstore gift certificate, and let them go wild? Give yourself one, too, while you’re at it. 🙂
If you have a recommendation for a theme for next year’s Teen Read week, you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.