Today begins Teen Read Week. It’s a time to look at what teens read as well as encourage the teens in your life to read, read, read. It part of a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. Each year it is held during the middle of October, which is Literacy Month.
The project began in 1986 through a grant from the IRA (International Reading Association). It’s focus rests on teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults who want to help build teen literacy.
The theme this year is Read For The Fun Of It. The sub-theme is Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library. The goal is to encourage teens to read a variety of books, magazines, graphic novels and other materials for the fun of it.
Reading is still a popular pastime for teens. With all the media options available to read ON, it’s helped keep books and magazines in front of kids.How might middle or high school students become involved?
• Join a book discussion group at their school or public library.
• Read biographies of favorite musicians, comedians, politicians, or sports figures or about a hobby that interests them.
• Read for the fun of it.
For more information on how to involved, scan Young Adult booklists, find unit and lesson plans for grades 6-12 and other resources online visit: