October 20, 2011 at 11:23 am
Admittedly, trying to get your kid excited about Teen Read Week may not be at the top of your list. After all, who needs another reason to get an eye roll. But here’s the deal–I spend a lot of my so-called free time reading middle grade and YA novels. And there are so many great ones out there that if you are able to match up your kid to the right book, they’ll not only happily read it, but they may even thank you—sarcasm-free.
What’s the best way to get them to pick up a book? Pick one up yourself. Any book will do, but why not try a tween or teen novel—they’re some of the most fun, well-written and honest reads around. My recent recs (a few will be out in the next month):
- Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
- You Are My Only by Beth Kephart
- The Apothecary by Maile Meloy and Ian Schoenherr
- The 39 Clues series
- Wimpy Kid # 6—or any from the Wimpy Kid series
- Crossed (and Matched) by Ally Conde
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
- Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
- The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus series) and Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
- Legend by Marie Lu
- The Power of Six (and I Am Number Four) by Pittacus Lore
Tell us: What was your favorite book when you were a teen or tween? What books have you enjoyed reading (or re-reading) with your kids? How do you encourage more reading in your home? Share in the comments below!