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.
Motivation tips include:
Through reading they can:
- Become an expert.
- Live dangerously.
- Have a few laughs.
- See the world.
- Travel through time.
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+