Get Your Young Person Excited About Reading

In this tech-savvy world, it is tough to get young people to pick up a book and read. While many young people may do some reading online or via their e-reader, the leisure of going to the library and checking out a book is something that seems to be fading.

Whether using an e-reader or opening-up an actual book, inspire and motivate young people to read with these suggestions:

Bring history to life. Get adolescents and teens excited to read by bringing history to life. They say that truth is more interesting than fiction; encourage young people to read novels and stories based on actual historic events, such as WWII fiction novels and period-pieces that truly depict what the world was like in the not-so-distant past.

Present a challenge. Summer is a great time to present a challenge to the kids in your home: reading equates to rewards. Give young kids points for each page, or reward old teens for completing books or a predetermined reading list, which can also give them a leg-up when going back to school in the fall. Trade in points or achievements for some type of tangible reward, an outfit, a night out, or some sort of toy, to reinforce the rewards of reading.

Look for local authors. Check out local bookstores to find published writers that live right under your nose; these authors may do book signings or appearances in your region. Take your kids to one of these events ,and make the most of the time spent in the bookstore or library that you are visiting; treat your child to a book, or buy a copy of the visiting author's book to have personally signed for your child.

Ask teachers and book-sellers for age-appropriate suggestions. If you are unsure what types of books your child might like, start by asking those with experience. Teachers, librarians, and book-sellers are excellent resources to advise as to the most popular titles in your child's age group. This can give you something to start from and a way to bring your child a book that they might actually enjoy reading.

Try these tips to get your child, adolescent, or teen excited to read; talk with authors, teachers, librarians, and other sources to help narrow down the field when looking for some summer reading for your child. Visit the bestseller lists in national publications and make a note of the titles and authors to find later on, and to possibly bring home for your child to read. Check local stores and book sites to find interesting new authors as well as the best reads of the season.


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