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Reading Is Fundamental Assists Parents In Encouraging Their Teens To Read

by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Reading Is Fundamental has a new Parent Guide Brochure designed to help parents encourage their teenagers to read more. The tips included cover: Things To Avoid, Ways To Encourage Teens To Read, Talking To Teens About Reading, Helping Teenagers Find Books They’ll Enjoy, and more.

Things to avoid include:

  • Pressuring, nagging, or bribing.
  • Criticizing what teens read.
  • Lavishing too much praise.

Encouragement techniques include:

  • Set an example.
  • Furnish your home with a variety of reading materials.
  • Give teens an opportunity to choose their own books.
  • Build on your teen’s interests.
And more.  And many are things you can start well before your kids reach teenage years.

Motivation tips include:

Through reading they can:

  • Become an expert.
  • Live dangerously.
  • Have a few laughs.
  • See the world.
  • Travel through time.
  • Escape.

And more.
Finally, here are some ideas parents can share with their teens to find the kinds of books that will most interest them:

  • Decide what you’re in the mood for.
  • Ask around.
  • Check out the library.
  • Browse in a bookstore.
  • Consult a list of books other teenagers have enjoyed.
  • Don’t judge a book by its cover.
  • Try a few pages.
  • Read at your own pace.
  • Let one good thing lead to another.

For more information from Reading Is Fundamental, see the article on their website here: http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/teenagers-and-reading.htm


Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignal, Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net/blog. Connect With Bryan On Google+

 

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