Normally when I post quick tips, I've included the author's bio and picture. But these are my tips. If you're new to my blog, you may not know that much about me, so I'll include my brief author bio:
Kathy Cassel, M.Ed., lives with her husband, four of their eight children, and an assortment of pets in the Florida panhandle. Kathy is the author of thirteen books including: The Middle School Survival Manual (Concordia Publishing House, 2010), The Christian Girl's Guide to Being Your Best, The Christian Girl's Guide to the Bible, The Christian Girls Guide to Me: The Quiz Book, Just for Me: The Bible, Just for Me: Friends, Just for Me: My Family (Legacy Press), One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible (Tyndale, 2011), The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids (Tyndale, 2013), Promises for God's Princesses (Tyndale 2014).
Quick Tips: Getting Your Preteen or Teen to Read
Reading benefits everyone, but preteen and teen boys, even the ones who were avid readers in elementary school, are among the most reluctant readers. Getting them to read takes time, creativity and personal involvement.
- Read aloud to all your children no matter their ages. Let the most reluctant reader choose the book or a book on CD. Read or listen to a chapter a day at dinnertime or bedtime. Or, draw your child into a book by reading an exciting portion of a book to your child and then hand it to him to read on his own.
- Explore different genres of books with your child—biographies (especially of sports heroes), fantasy, science fiction, suspense, realistic fiction, science and technology and so on. Find out what he wants to read.
- Find a way to tie the books to the real world. Use family vacations to visit the setting of a book. Look for movies based on the book and compare the book with the movie.
Some of the book/movie combinations we've done are:
The Fault in Our Stars (parental guidance for sure! I will be reviewing on my teen blog soon)
City of Ember (will be reviewing soon)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
You can check out my post about favorite teen novels HERE (These are all secular and not my personal list.)
What book/movie combinations have you read/seen and which did you like better--the book or the movie? Does it make a difference if you've read the book before seeing the movie or after?
What is your preteen/teen's favorite book?