How often are teens criticized for not engaging in “proper reading”? According to a recent study by the UK’s National Year of Reading consortium, 45% of teen readers have been told off for their reading habits.
The researchers, through their “Read Up, Fed Up” report of British 11-14 year olds, also found the following:
- There is an explosion of digital reading, with four out of ten top teen reads being online
- Teens also love reading film scripts and song lyrics
- Traditional literature is by no means lost, with Anne Frank’s Diary ranking just one place below Harry Potter nearly 60 years after it was written
- A massive 80% of teens have actually written their own story, film, play or song
Consider what message your library sends if your Teen Summer Reading Program doesn’t honor online reading, graphic novels, manga, magazines, zines, or the many other formats teens love. And if it does, try asking teens where they go online to read and include their sites in your summer reading lists.
Fanfic, game walkthroughs, lyric sites, or blogs & poetry are only a few of the types of sites where teens spend their time reading. See what else you can uncover and reward this new love of reading with a “metamorphosis” of your summer reading program.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Teen