Reading for pleasure at the age of 15 is a strong factor in determining future social mobility. Indeed, it has been revealed as the most important indicator of the future success of the child.
That was the startling finding of research carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on education and reading, and their role in promoting social mobility. It highlights why getting teenagers to read for pleasure is more than a sepia-tinted ambition for frustrated parents. It is a fundamental social issue.
"As a teacher, I was obsessed with cultivating a love of reading in my students. I love to read, loved it as a kid too. I'm equally compelled to ensure that my own child loves reading -- and he does. I well aware that I'm on a mission -- but I also know it's a worthy one!
Here are ten suggestions for how any teacher, teaching any subject can participate in this mission, and how parents and administrators can help."
"Are guys reluctant readers? That question is debatable; the truth is some guys are and some guys aren't, just as some girls are and some girls aren't...
...People will read, when they find something they connect with. Our job as librarians (and teachers and parents) is to help them make those connections. Here are some resources that can help you do that."
A site for young people about the books they like to read. Discover the latest youth literature news, find YA books for teenagers (reviewed by teens), join a book club and discuss your favourite reads, and enter our monthly competitions.
"Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys."
"Scieszka was ahead of curve a decade ago when he launched the Guys Read initiative, a web-based literacy program for boys. Although it has already spawned three anthologies of stories for pre-teen boys, guysread.com is for really for guys of any age. Some of the subcategories under the “Books that Guys Read” section explain more than I could in much less time:
Cart applies his considerable expertise as columnist and critic for Booklist to identifying 200 exceptional adult books that will satisfy a variety of young adults’ recreational reading tastes. Based on the notoriously choosy reading interests of today’s older young adults.
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