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October 09

Read a book! The third week of October is Teen Read Week.

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Read a book!  The third week of October is Teen Read Week.

Grades 5 – 8
Calendar Activity Type Literacy-Related Event





During the third full week of October, teens will be reading for the fun of it, as hundreds of libraries, schools, and bookstores celebrate Teen Read Week. This year's theme features a multi-lingual "Read for the fun of it!" and spotlights all the great resources and activities available to help teens build literacy skills while reading for the fun of it. Libraries across the world celebrate Teen Read Week with a variety of special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens to read for pleasure and to visit their libraries for free reading materials.




Celebrate this year's Teen Read Week by encouraging your middle or high school students to:

  • Join a book discussion group at their school or public library.

  • Read biographies of their favorite musicians, comedians, politicians, or sports figures.

  • Read books about a hobby that interests them.

  • Read books that approach a subject through humor.

  • Read what they want to read, just for the fun of it.

For more information on this week-long celebration, including ideas and tips, visit the Teen Read Week page.



  • Teen Read Week

    The official website for Teen Read Week includes information on getting ready, registering, and celebrating the week-long event with young adults.


  • Choices Booklists: Young Adults' Choices

    Have students check out the Young Adults' Choices list, a collection of books selected by teams of teenage reviewers.


  • Text Messages podcast

    Learn about more books for teens through this podcast series. Review past episodes and subscribe so that you don't miss future ones.


  • YALSA Blog

    This blog includes information about books for young adults, including reviews and links to podcasts.



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Activities & Projects

Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Explore Your Reading Self

In this activity teens are encouraged to explore their reading history as they remember books they liked reading as children and then revisit these old favorites.


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Tips & How-To's

Grades   6 – 12  |  Tip & How-To

Motivating Teen Readers

Motivating teens to read can be complicated by the many demands on their busy schedules. Luckily, there are many exciting and popular books for teens—and innovative ways to turn teen attention to the written page.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Tip & How-To

Modeling Good Reading Habits With Teens

Modeling good reading habits can be challenging if you don't make a plan you are willing and able to stick to. Check out the following innovative ways to get both of you reading.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Tip & How-To

How to Help a Teen Choose a Book

There are many ways to help teens choose appropriate and engaging titles. The following tips will help you find the resources necessary to choices that will appeal to the teen readers in your life.


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Printout  |  Charting Progress

Reading Record Chart

Teens can use this chart to keep track of the books, stories, and magazine articles that they've read over a period of time.


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Podcast Series

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Series

Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

Text Messages is a monthly podcast providing families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers. Each episode will feature in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite teen readers.


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Podcast Episodes

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Teen Identity and Tough Situations

In this episode, host Scott Filkins discusses the graphic novel American Born Chinese as well as five other recommended titles by a diverse array of authors.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

New and Noteworthy Books for Teens

Tune in to hear book talks on some of the best titles published in 2009-titles that will keep teens reading once summer is over.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Adults and Teens Reading Together

Tune in to hear about eight new novels that all focus in some way on teens and their complicated relationships with family members, peers, and the larger world.


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