How to Encourage Teens to Read

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Last week, I covered the younger kids with my tips on how to encourage children to read, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share my advice on encouraging teens to read. We know how important reading is for young children, but we can forget just how important it is throughout the teen years as well.

Benefits of reading in your teenage years:

  • Broadens imagination
  • Helps grow essential writing skills
  • Encourages confidence in speaking
  • Provides a sense of calmness
  • Improves cognitive abilities
  • Improves concentration
  • Boosts memory
  • Reduces stress levels

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If anyone has a teenager, you will know they don’t like to be pressured to do anything they don’t want to do. I wanted to encourage my teen to read because she likes and enjoys reading – not see it as another chore. Below are some of the tips I’ve used to encourage my teen to start reading regularly.

 

One
Allocate a dedicated reading time.

I’ve found teens require a little more encouraging to read books compared to the younger kids. I try and encourage at least 30 minutes of reading time before bed when all electronic devices are turned off.

 

Two
Start a book collection.

Australia Post outlets stock a broad range of books for children and teens that can be conveniently purchased at your local outlet. Encourage your teen to start collecting books so they will never have a shortage of books to read.

 

Three
Provide a quiet place for your teen to read.

Provide a space where they can go and relax without being interrupted or bothered by younger siblings. If you have a noisy household, a local library or even outside under a tree are perfect places to read a book.

 

Four
Ask family members to give your teen books as a present for birthdays.

My teen asked family members for books as presents this year as she wanted to collect the whole series of books she was reading. I much prefer them to receive something useful like books instead of items they will never use.

 

Five
Encourage your teen to borrow books from your local or school library.

Most library memberships are free or only charge a small fee, and they can be an excellent way to get your teen reading new books each week without breaking the bank.

 

Six
Visit your local op shop or second-hand shop.

If your teen is anything like mine, they’ll love hunting in vintage op shops. You can find some hidden treasures amongst the books in op shops, and they will only set you back a few dollars.

 

Seven
Purchase books that will interest your teen.

One guaranteed way to get them reading is finding books based on their favourite movies or characters. Do a Google search to find movies inspired by books that your teen already loves.

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I hope some of these easy tips will encourage your teen to read. I would love to hear any handy tips that have worked for you.

 

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2 Comments

  • I’ve found that by the time kids reach their teen years, they either see reading as an enjoyment or a chore. Those who dislike reading will try to do everything to avoid even reading the set English texts. Sometimes I’ve read a chapter or two of those books to them, like when they were little, but it’s not really the same as reading all those lovely picture books with your little one snuggled on your lap. Oh I miss those days!

  • Good tips! It’s important to start young… That’s possibly the easiest way to make your child interested in books. It’s a bit different with teenagers, but it’s not impossible. Parents should be good role models: read a lot, discuss books with your family. If reading is presented as a fun activity children will be more eager to read.

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