Top Tips to Support Reading At Home
There is plenty of great advice here to help you create a great reading culture at home and support your children to become life-long readers.
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- 7 Top Tips To Support Reading at Home
- What About Older Teens
The Education Endowment Foundation is the premier UK educational research body. These are their top tips to support reading at home.
What About Older Teens?
- Find the "Why" in YA. YA (young adult) novels tackle the edgy issues teens struggle with, from peer pressure and romantic longing to grief and trouble at home or school. Whether they're personally grappling with these issues or seeking vicarious thrills, teens gravitate toward subject matter that's relatable. Check the YA bestseller lists or these websites for ideas.
- Merge movies with books. Hollywood is turning to teen lit for ideas more than ever. Offer your teen the print version to read before or after a big film adaptation comes out and discuss the similarities and differences between them. Here are some upcoming merges for 2021.
- Get graphic. Gone are the days when graphic novels were dismissed as comic books. Now recognized as literature, they may be the key to getting some teens hooked on books. They're available in a wide range of genres -- from adventure and fantasy to historical fiction, memoir, and biography -- so certainly there's a graphic novel out there to suit your teen's taste. Have a look at some suggestions here.
- Lure 'em with adult books. Find nonfiction titles on subjects your teen's curious about, such as climate change, race, political corruption, or true crime. Check adult nonfiction bestseller lists to see what's catching fire. Funny adult books also work (by David Sedaris or Tina Fey, for example), as do horror (Stephen King), mysteries (Agatha Christie), thrillers (James Patterson, John Grisham), fantasy (George R.R. Martin), science fiction (Isaac Asimov), and sports (Michael Lewis). Try the adult version of the Love Reading website for ideas - you might find something for yourself too!
- Try poetry. Novels in verse are a popular trend. All that white space on the page makes them easy to read, and the spare, lyrical approach can really pack a punch. Try Sarah Crossan's One, Stasia Ward Kehoe's The Sound of Letting Go, or Ellen Hopkins' Rumble. Memoirs in verse are taking hold, too; check out Marilyn Nelson's How I Discovered Poetry.
- Let them listen. Spark teens' interest by getting an audiobook to listen to on the way to school or long drives. Let them download audiobooks to their smartphones. (They won't risk looking uncool, because they'll be under headphones or have their earbuds in.) All the books on MyOn have audio versions. Of course, there is Audible.
- Model reading. Read at home where your teens can see you. Talk about what you're reading, and express your enjoyment. Always take a book or magazine along when you go to the beach or face waiting in a long line. Send your teen the message that reading is a pleasure, not a chore. This is probably one of the most powerful ways to help your teen enjoy reading!
- Keep reading material around. Kids who grow up with lots of books everywhere tend to read more. Stock the bathroom, car, dining table -- wherever there's a captive audience -- with comic books, graphic novels, and magazines geared to your teens' interests; first books in hit YA series; or classic sci-fi and mysteries. There's nothing wrong with "micro-reading." Encourage reading news, be it a paper or online.
- Give the gift of reading. Hand your teen a gift card to your local bookstore. They'll discover the treasure-hunt fun of looking for a good book. Encourage book swaps with friends. Give books as gifts; it reinforces that reading is valued in your household. Trawling the charity shops is great fun - looking for hidden gems at the weekend and a cheaper way to keep up with your bookworms!
- Join the Library. It's free, local and gets them out of the house - what's not to like! Have a look at the membership page here. Or their Facebook page here.