Your Teen to Read
- Set an example. Let your teen catch you reading and taking enjoyment in it.
- Have reading materials readily available. Keep a variety of books, newspapers, and magazines at home.
- Cater to your teen’s interests. Point out articles, news stories, and books about subjects your teen is interested in. This can include sports and entertainment sections of the newspaper.
- Give magazine subscriptions as gifts. Timely magazines with lively, bite-sized articles are especially inviting to teens. Besides, it’s fun to get mail.
- Share what you’ve read. Talk about the books and other materials that you’ve found interesting and ask your teen to do the same.
- Be accepting. Realize that almost anything your teen reads has value because it motivates more reading. This includes comic and cartoon books.
- Browse together. Stop at bookstores and libraries when you’re out together and make exploring their selections fun.
- Play audiotapes of good books when you’re in the car together. Your teen might want to read the books later on.
- Interest your teen in the world. Discuss current events, sports, music, and other subjects that might inspire your teen to read about them.
- Show an interest in what your teen reads. Ask for recommendations of books you might enjoy.