"I hate to read!" is a statement that librarians and teachers frequently hear from young adults. In Reaching Reluctant Young Adult Readers, the author addresses the issue of aliteracy—the condition when one has the ability to read but chooses not to—in young people of ages 10 - 15. These students do not read for pleasure and they read only when forced to do so through class reading assignments, a pervasive problem that affects grades and that can affect future success. Fortunately, librarians and teachers can cultivate a love of reading in even the most reluctant reader through the strategies, tools, and resources offered in this book. Books whose characters and themes are appropriate on an intellectual and maturity level for this age group are profiled. Making culturally relevant books available to Asian, Black, and Latino students to foster their reading enjoyment is also addressed. A complete handbook for librarians and teachers to confront and overcome aliteracy in young adults.
Bottom Line: Useful for TLs and anyone writing about aliteracy.
Librarians and teachers will find this brief volume a valuable tool to combat the nonreader.
Reluctant young adult readers continue to plague librarians and teachers everywhere, especially now that there is such a wide variety of quality literature available to them. Sullivan tackles this problem in a slim volume that covers aliteracy and strategies and resources for reaching the reluctant teen reader. Included in the resources are fiction, comics and graphic novels, nonfiction, picture books, magazines, and audiobooks. There is also a very complete index listing professional resources for each chapter. The stated purpose of this book is to discuss "what strategies you can use to entice aliterates to read." Each chapter provides the librarian or teacher with lists of books to consult, books to suggest to the students, and publishers who market the books. The suggestions for purchases and tactics to reach the students seem sound and relatively easy to implement. Sullivan does much to disabuse the notion that reluctant readers are poor readers. His suggestions, which might still make some of the more diehard classics fans cringe, offer materials for a range of reading and interest levels. Adults unfamiliar with the comic book or graphic novel arena will find this chapter particularly helpful in putting together an initial collection. Much of the time, hooking a teen's interest is the hardest part, and Sullivan's suggestions can help the librarian or teacher do just that. Index. Further Reading. Appendix. 2002, Scarecrow Press, 128p. PLB
— Lynn Evarts
School Library Journal
This resource focuses on teens who do not like to read as opposed to those who cannot read because of disabilities or mechanical difficulty. The book addresses how to best approach reluctant readers, and what tools might be good in luring them into literature. It talks about different genres, such as picture books, graphic novels, and audio books, and includes lists of specific titles. The idea that many students do not want to be referred to as "young adults" is also addressed. The fact that libraries are losing readership because they have not caught young patrons in time is addressed, as is how this problem might be solved. Real-life situations are discussed, along with some testimonials of high school students who actually do like reading, and how they were exposed at a young age to the joys of literature. The text is rather dry at times, but the author does give a sense of how important this subject is in the academic world and in libraries, and he offers some reasonable solutions to help turn those reading haters into lovers.-Nicole M. Marcuccilli, Glenview Public Library, IL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
This extremely brief guide presents educators and parents with strategies, tools, and resources to encourage a love of reading in capable but reluctant early adolescents. Sullivan (public library youth services, University of Tennessee) profiles books with characters and themes appropriate to this age group, and identifies books culturally relevant to Asian, Black, and Latino readers. Chapters focus on fiction, comic books, nonfiction, picture books, magazines, and audio books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Edward T. Sullivan is a Library Media Specialist as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee, teaching graduate level courses in public library youth services. An active member of the American Library Association, he serves on committees in the children's, young adult, and public library divisions. He is author of The Holocaust in Literature for Youth.