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How do I get my teen to read more books?

Topics: Screen Time

With teens reading less for pleasure than ever before, it's a good idea to have some book-boosting strategies on hand. Proven ways to get teens to read include reading a lot yourself, keeping lots of books in the house, and setting aside specific times to read.

Here are some other ideas to try:

Consider a low-distraction ereader or ereading app. Teens might be more inclined to read if their books are portable. Just make sure the bells and whistles on the device are kept to a minimum.

Accept short-form reading. Teens may not be reading full-length books as much but instead finding reading material in different formats. Maybe it's fan fiction from a favorite video game, Wikipedia pages about an interesting subject, or passionate opinion pieces on their favorite blogs.

Help them connect. It's possible that they just haven't found the right book. Look for characters kids can really relate to -- for example, true-life subjects -- or anything that mirrors what they're going through in their lives.

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