Try these tips:
Provide variety. The more books your teen has to choose from, the more likely he’ll be to find something that interests him.
Find books written for young adults. Usually, these books share these characteristics:
- Characters are well-developed and a year or two older than your teen
- The author does not preach or talk down to readers
- Chapters are short and easy to read
- The story is told from the point of view of the teen.
Try books on tape. Some “classic” books may be too difficult for reluctant readers. They may become interested, though, if they hear a recording.
Find books and magazines that reflect your teen’s interest. A devoted “Trekkie” might like to read a Star Trek book. A soccer fan would probably enjoy a sports magazine.
Get suggestions. Ask other parents for books they’d recommend. Ask other kids—especially your teen’s friends. You may also want to check with the school librarian, the local public library, or a local bookstore.
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