Ideas for Teen Read Week (TRW)
Teen Read Week was started in 1998 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It's a literacy initiative, held annually on the third week of October, encouraging teens to "read for the fun of it." The idea is to get teens excited about reading for pleasure, not just for one week a year, but for the rest of their lives.
Teen Read Week Resources
Resources for Librarians
Resources for Parents and Teachers
Ideas for Reluctant Readers
For teens who struggle to read, the idea of reading for pleasure may be foreign. Check out YALSA's quick picks for reluctant readers for book ideas to get them started. Also, try giving them an audiobook to spark their interest. They can listen in the car on the way to school, or follow along with the book to strengthen their reading skills. This can be especially helpful for teens who are auditory learners.
Movie read-alikes are great for teens who struggle with comprhension since they will already know the background of the story. They'll be more likely to read the book if they've already established an interest in the movie, and they're more likely to comprehend what they read.
Our author interviews are also a great way to spark an interest in reading! Students can hear from authors like Jack Gantos, recounting the time one struggling reader told him one of his books was the first he ever finished. They will likely also enjoy Jack Gantos' biography, in which he candidly recounts his own struggles with low self-esteem and related issues.
Struggling readers may also be drawn to stories of other people's real-life struggles, like the graduate student who became a gang leader for a day, or the website where people share their deepest secrets. You'll find these stories, and more, in our recommended non-fiction section.
Just for Fun
WrestleMania Reading Challenge
YALSA and World Wrestling Entertainment have teamed up to keep teens reading beyond Teen Read Week. Take on the challenge!
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