Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Starting your Tween's and Teen's New Year with Reading

Dropping in quickly to with a few tidbits for those with older, independent readers (ages 6-18).  The new Kindles, MP3 players and other devises make having books more affordable (under $10 most of the time) and portable.  Not able to afford a book reader?  Try audio downloads available as well.  Take advantage of the fact that your young person loves technology and consider one for them sometime this year. 

The local Huntsville/Madison County Public Library in my home of Huntsville, AL is loaning downloads of ebooks (a great idea).  Visit their site to see how they do it and share the idea with your local library too.

Remember when helping choose titles (really let the kids do the choosing) to gravitate to high interest and light topics for the everyday "recreational" reading you want to encourage.  Starting in middle school, kids get a lot of reading assignments at school but you want them to stay connected to the fun, the wonder, the draw of books that are "off that official list" and are chosen specifically by the end reader.  In fact, a friend of mine, Jim Cope of Kennesaw State University did a study several years ago in Georgia that revealed that choice was the major factor in whether older students continued to read past the "snuggle and cuddle stage" of reading with their families. 

Here are just a few titles to consider:

Young Adult: Fang by James Patterson
                     Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
                     Ana's Story:  A Journey of Hope by Jenna Bush

Tweens:         Long Shadows by Erin Hunter
                      So B. It by Sarah Weeks
                      Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli

Don't forget the importance of talking with your child about what they are reading - no drills, just good conversation.


Terry Doherty said...

What a great idea! I have to see if our library does that.

Mia said...

I have a booklist for middle schoolers at normally, i read all the books myself, but my oldest is 10 so my 8th grade mother helper texted her friends and this is their list. They are all straight A students and serious readers. hope this is helpful.

pragmatic mom

Anonymous said...

The First Day of School is a refreshing, original interpretation of a little girl's first day of school and how she feels through the whole process. She experiences all sorts of emotions that make the story come to life. The characters are rich and well described - kids will be able to identify with them.
Both teachers and parents alike will want their kids to read this book. It is creatively written, funny and quite interesting. The First Day of School is a real life story that kids can relate to. The words jump off the page and your kids will be thoroughly engaged.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I had writing it.

The First Day of School is in stores NOW! Go buy your copy today.

Cathy Puett Miller said...

Guys, thanks for your comments. I'm going to check out the book and the book list! Hope you keep coming back to read AND share with your friends.