It’s Teen Read Week™, which means it’s time for teachers, parents, grandparents and everyone in between to encourage the teens in their life to grab a book and start reading. Teen Read Week™, an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), was created in 1998 to remind teens the importance of reading for fun. This year’s theme is Books with Beat @ your library, reminding teenagers that reading doesn’t always mean diving into the pages of a dusty old library book; it can be as simple and entertaining as reading books about music or listening to audiobooks.
So just like we hook kindergarteners on reading by encouraging them to read whatever interests them, this week, keep your teens hooked on reading by reminding them that reading doesn’t always have to take place within the walls of a classroom.
Want to learn more about Teen Read Week? Listen to Nikki Grimes, author of A Girl Named Mister, talk about the importance of reading, or visit: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/trw/trw2010/home.cfm.