How do I get my teen to read more books?

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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Parent of a 15 and 18+ year old written by LiveLoveLead

We read to my 2 birth kids since they were 6 months old and they both (now in their 20's) have always loved reading. My foster son (been with us since he was 12 and is now 15-years old) hates to read. I started putting a lot of time into researching books and got him a few that he liked well enough, but if we didn't require him to read 20 minutes each night before bed he probably would never read. He takes about 2+ months to get through a book. What did finally work... during the Christmas school break he was grounded from ALL electronics (laptop, video games, TV & even his cell) Lots of time on his hands and nothing to do...he ended up reading a book a week. Once we started allowing TV he's back to only reading at night before bed again. So, I guess the lesson is to have some required reading time and limit time on electronics (including the cell phone) In the summertime I have also implemented the rule that after 2 hours of free electronic time a day he has to earn every additional hour of electronic time by reading 30 minutes. (so if he reads 1 hour he gets 2 extra hours on YouTube, video games, TV etc.) Some books he enjoyed: The Indian in the Cupboard, Among the Hidden, The Outsiders, Wonder, Paper Towns.
Teen, 14 years old written by Matthew S.

It's all based on preference really. I feel like a few good books to get a teen reading more are The Hunger Games trilogy, the Divergent trilogy, and Ready Player One.
Teen, 14 years old written by dark queen

I've always liked books long before I learned how to read, my parents used to read to me all the time and sometimes even came up with stories. That in my opinion is how I got introduced to books, I grew up surrounded by Dr. Suess, Roald Dahl, JK Rowling, and Lewis Carol. I feel like teens these days think of it as a chore rather than pleasure. They may have not been introduced to them at a young age, which is completely fine. It's never too late to pick up a book. A way to get them into reading would be giving them a fast read and an interesting plot that immediately catches their attention. For young (even older ones) children I'd suggest Wonder, for older teens I suggest the author Colleen Hoover. Do not give them Emily Bronte when they should be reading lighter books at first. Book tubers definitely help you find good books that match your preference. 'Polandbananasbooks' is one I trust with book choices. Our English teacher has the first 15 minutes of her class to discuss new books we liked or ones we've already read, that was a pain for students who don't read anything but required material. So a friend of mine asked to borrow a book to read so he can talk about it (everyone is supposed to participate in the activity), keep in mind that he never read anything but textbooks and hates books of all kinds . The next day he was halfway through it, so the secret here is to choose the right book.
Adult written by MichaelDu

Idea for books for teens that they might enjoy History buff kid: Get books on other countries besides your own to learn the different cultures and traditions and how your country is involved with other countries and how different they can be. Gamer: A lot of gamers do not read most thing during their free time but when they do it is about the game's history and lore of the characters or time of events in order for each different expansion they get like World of Warcraft. It is a very good read for those wow players from a very good that writes at teen age or higher level. Chef of the house: Give them books on recipes so they know how to do metric conversions which the majority of the world uses. cook with them giving them some control cause a food buff I disliked parents doing the majority of cooking so you can supervise and help if needed Craft maker: If they like to do things with hands get them books on craft making. Crafting is not just for girls! many students that are boys learn to make hats or winter gear with fun logos or things their friends others like and sell them on the side cause its one of the easier things to make and some schools will allow if he or she donates some money to the school Fantasy world: Well this one is very difficult to find for because fantasy readers can be super picky on how much is fantasy or harry potter like fantasy world. what magical creature they are most interested. some like long lore that are series. some like shorter novels, and whats acceptable in their mind that is worth reading or not to read IT Computer wiz: Most of us are in the tech age so good books is to learn basic programming and computer building which can be a very good long term investment Manga: You may notice they might like shows called, inuyasha, sailormoon, naruto, or Miyazaki movies who is considered the best animator that Japan has had for his more deep thinking story based movies and the majority are extremely popular. Japan have comics called Manga = to our DC and Marvel comics. Be aware most manga have some form of artistic nudes or to add humor to the manga. So don't freak out or you'll be facing them with their bankai. Super Hero Comics: Don't even try to buy one for them unless they pick them out or they give you specific ones. Internet: if they can't get off have them look up interesting stuff like from national geographic or something like appropriate aged fan fictions. them reading fan fictions think more how much cooler to have superman and terminator fight with their ideas and want to write creatively. Artist: Tracing is not bad at all! as my artist cousin said. it is tricky cause you need to know what they like to draw so you can help them see what they would be more willing to draw. One thing to keep in mind 1 work is great! but as an artist can you do it better and faster? which is expected for most experienced artist. I started doing about 30 eyes of 1 type per day till i felt i could reproduce it over and over in my sleep. Encourage them cause it get tedious and your hand cramps cause your not use to holding a pencil right using wrong tools. Not all art that look HD is the best art. Picasso did amazing art and was gifted till he learned his so called "HD" art was not selling well and then developed a style of cubism. have them draw their emotions like Vincent van Gogh who did the blue guitarist at the chicago museum of art and basically its one of his best pieces when he was down. But that best quote to tell them is if they get frustrated with their quality and say ill never be davinci "tell them they are right cause they are not davinci and that can be themselves in art"
Kid, 12 years old

Honestly, adults categorize children's books wrong. I read books that are designated as "adult" all the time, and rarely read books intended for children. A lot of thriller/mystery novels seem good (although possibly out of vocabulary). Anthologies are a good start, as they contain many short stories that take only a few minutes to read. Completely disregard the "Look for characters kids can really relate to", books are read to show you some other person's strange world, not the one you go through daily. A few books that teens might enjoy are Terry Pratchett's Discworld Novels (really funny!) and James S. A. Corey's The Expanse series. Your child may actually come to love reading, and just is picky. Try multiple genres, authors, and lengths, and most likely you will find a fit.
Teen, 13 years old written by Sees Little

Yeah, well, with novels being so serious these days, I'd probably read more if there were some new comedy novels.
Teen, 13 years old written by Carson3003

Being a teen myself, and being a big gamer, I rarely read books. There are some I will read, however. Most books are over-hyped and just not interesting to me. If you find interesting enough of a book, they will read it. It is based on preference.
Adult written by MichaelDu

Read books on the games lore to know back stories or the history of the games world to help imagine what it would be like there
Parent written by [email protected]

We make it standard practice to read the book before we watch any movies. Nowadays there are lots of good books which have become popular due to being made into a movie. Then we can talk about how the book was so much better, and what the filmmakers left out and why. Examples of Young Adult Books made into movies: The Book Thief, The Fault In Our Stars, The Harry Potter Series, Hugo, The Hunger Games, Twilight.
Teen, 13 years old written by Carson3003

Some movies introduced me and compelled me to the books. This works terribly, my parents tried it, I didn't like it, and we just watched less movies, not read more.
Kid, 12 years old

The way I got into reading was when I was in Maine and I forgot my book so my aunt bought me one and I read it in 2 days (it was 300 pages) just go to a place with no internet and no service!!