Teenagers are very busy people. They must juggle full academic loads, extra curricular activities, plus many social ties that typify teen years. It is hard to find time to read.
Many teens do not believe that reading is important. But, research shows that children and teens who read often have higher IQs. They are also more creative, do better in school, and get higher paying jobs.
Whatever your teen chooses to read for pleasure, encourage it. Many teens love horror stories. Some like fantasy and science fiction. While others prefer action filled spy thrillers. For healthy development, it is crucial that your teen keep reading just for the joy of reading. Whether your teen chooses a “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” novel or selects a book on psychic phenomena, the important thing is that she is reading something that she enjoys just for fun.
Great books for young adults
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
- The Lord of the Rings boxed set by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
- The Cay by Theodore Taylor
- The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (books 1-3) by Lemony Snicket
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (books 7-9) by Lemony Snicket
- Harry Potter boxed set (books 1-5) by J.K. Rowling
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini
- Pirates! by Celia Rees
- Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
- The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
- Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot
- The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
- Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer
- The Wind in the Willows by Ellen Miles
- Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
- Everest by Gordon Korman
- Raven of the Waves by Michael Cadnum
- Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
- Experanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Max the Mighty by Rodman Filbrick
- Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- The Divide by Elizabeth Kay
- Anne of Green Gables (books 4-6) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Outside Shooter by Thomas Dygard
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Adapted from materials from the National Education Association, www.nea.org/readacross/, from Choose the Right Books for Kids, and from the American Library Associations Teen Reading Web site, www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten.
To learn more about reading readiness, call Rehabilitation Services at 595-3621 or the St. Jude School Program at 595-2364. If you are outside the Memphis area, call toll-free 1-866-2ST-JUDE (1-866-278-5833), extension 3621 or 2364.
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