Reading is one of the most important skills parents, and teachers can develop in children from an early age. But while it may be easy enough for adults to build a life around books, teenagers are generally less motivated towards reading. Teenagers’ adventure books can be excellent ways to motivate teenagers to read, but there are other ways. Reading books with their favorite characters can also encourage teenagers to read more. So let’s see how to encourage adolescents to get a genuine, life-long interest in reading and talking about books.
1. Be a Role Model
Role models are influential in many ways. For example, the people you admire or those you look up to can help make you the person you are today. Likewise, parents should be role models for their kids because they can help build confidence, encourage independence, and teach responsibility to their children. In other words, if teenagers see their parents read frequently, they will follow the example.
2. Find out What Teenagers Like to Read
Adults should also find out what their teenage children like in books. Adults can easily encourage teenagers to read more if they go to their favorite sources. When adults discover what teenagers like in books, they can get novels and other stories that match their reading preferences. It will be easier for teenagers to pick up a book when they are familiar with it or have read something similar.
3. Allow Teenagers Room to Express Themselves
Teenagers may be drawn towards different types of literature because it allows them to express themselves. Adult readers can encourage their teenagers’ reading habits by allowing them to choose the kind of literature they like. If adults allow their children to express themselves with literature, they will be more engaged in reading and eventually finish reading more books.
It is essential to get suitable reading material for teenagers to read. Adults should encourage their teenage children to choose their reading materials depending on their tastes and interests.
Teenagers love reading because of the thrills and excitement that it brings. As long as there is a connection with their favorite characters or books, teenagers will be interested in reading.
4. Make Reading Interesting
Making reading fun is the best way to encourage little kids to start reading, and you shouldn’t stop when they become teens. Reading material is essential because it allows readers to pass knowledge or information to others. But as adults, we should not make it so dull that our adolescent readers would do other things such as play games or do their homework instead of reading books. Likewise, adults should not make reading a chore but more enjoyable for teenagers.
For this reason, encouraging teens to mix paper books with electronic reading devices or tablets, magazine articles with audiobooks, and classic stories (they probably study in school) with new books in popular genres is the best way to keep things interesting.
5. Better Reading Habits
The best way to encourage teens to read more is to get them used to having better reading habits. Teenagers should be aware of the importance of reading and how it can help them in the future. Instead of imposing anything on them, help your teens find their own time for reading during the day. While computers, phones, and streaming services might be more appealing to them, making room for reading daily is a crucial part of a person’s education and good habits in the long term.
6. Use Powerful Stories
Adults can help their teenage children by appreciating stories’ power on readers and adolescents alike. Adults should tell their children stories with a powerful message. If adults use the right words to recount their stories, the reports will hold more weight and meaning for their adolescent readers. Teenagers are some of the most receptive listeners. Powerful stories quickly move teenagers. Such narratives create reader attachment and can help teenagers relate. Offer your teen reading material that “speaks” to their current questions or doubts about the world or themselves.
7. Buy Adventure Books, Sci-Fi Novels, YA Books, and Games-Related Books
Adults can encourage teenagers to read more if they buy their kids teenagers adventure books, fantasy, sci-fi, YA novels, or books related to/inspired by video games or TV series. These books are exciting and packed with thrills for the readers. The plot is always moving forward, and there will never be a dull moment.
Adventure books and modern popular genres like science fiction, fantasy, comic books, graphic novels, mangas, etc., can help teenagers become more engaged in reading because such literature is highly engaging and is very “in the now.”
These types of literature can help young people to develop their emotions and feelings toward others. In addition, these literary works can also bring out adolescents’ feelings about themselves, their likes and dislikes, their dreams for their future, and the people they are close to.
Despite the importance of reading for pleasure, most teenagers don’t prioritize it. This is because they have a lot of stress and pressure and want instant gratification. However, there are things you can do to encourage teens to read. We hope these tips will help you foster an environment where your teens find the time and pleasure to read.