Connecting with Reluctant Teen Readers: Tips, Titles, and Tools

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VOYA - Diane Emge Colson
For teachers and librarians working with teenagers, witnessing the transformation from reluctant reader to avid reader is one of life's sweetest triumphs. Youth who begin by professing that they "hate reading" end up pestering their young adult librarians for more and more suggestions. If one is looking for inspired ways to get more kids from the "hate reading" to the "love reading" stage, here is the perfect book. A masterful compilation of "tips, titles, and tools" is amassed from the expertise of YA librarians, teachers, and researchers across the country. As many professionals working with teens already suspect, there is no one model of reluctant teen reader, and thus no one remedy that will sweep everyone along the path of happy reading. In one chapter, four types of such readers are identified (dormant, uncommitted, unmotivated, and unskilled), and strategies for engaging each type are suggested. Elsewhere the professional tendency to classify certain kinds of reading (e.g. magazines, repair manuals) as substandard is examined. Are librarians consistently discouraging readers with their well-meaning guidance toward the same set of award-winning books? The entire second half of the book is devoted to booklists, the majority of which are annotated. For most librarians and teachers, good readers' advisory starts with good recommendations, and this book includes more than 150 pages of suggested titles, all indexed by title, subject, and author. Go ahead and invest in this book to really make a difference in the reading lives of teenagers.
School Library Journal

Well written and well researched, this practical hands-on guide to defining and wooing reluctant readers is a must-read for librarians and teachers who work with adolescents. It is divided into three parts: "Tips That Work," "Titles That Work," and "Tools That Work." Reluctant readers are identified and interviewed as to why they do not want to read, and techniques are suggested for guiding them through required reading. Books that will engage nonreaders are listed by category, such as science fiction and fantasy, graphic novels, audiobooks, biography, and changing bodies. Among the many helpful lists are "Best Forty Magazines for Reluctant Readers" and "Turnaround Titles-Fifty-Seven Varieties of Great Reading Experiences." And there is a wonderful chapter on booktalking. A 12-question reading survey will enable librarians to ask their students about their reading interests and to provide feedback when planning programs or purchasing new materials.
—Kathleen A. NesterCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555705718
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Tips that work 1
1 Who are reluctant readers? 7
2 Why are they reluctant to read? 17
3 How can we help? 35
4 What kinds of books work? 75
Pt. II Titles that work 115
Turnaround titles - fifty-seven varieties of great reading experiences 117
Fiction 121
Nonfiction 159
Graphic novels and comics 191
Other lists 201
Pt. III Tools that work 229
Booktalking 101 231
Reading survey 263
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