Getting Teenage Boys to Read

If you have a teenage son who simply never reads a book then there are no easy answers. Whatever survey or set of statistics you read, boys appear to enjoy reading less than girls. This is true for all age groups, but it also appears that the reading gap increases as children get older.

Part of the reason for that is that there appears to be a lot fewer books aimed at teenage boys than there are at teenage girls. While many female authors for teenagers become more or less household names, the same cannot be said for authors of books for boys. They are somewhat thin on the ground.

Here are some tips of the type of books teenage boys like to read as well as some suggestions for how you can prompt them to read more often.

1. Sports Books

Studies have shown that boys are more likely to read non fiction books than girls. This could explain why books about sport and hobbies can help to make the breakthrough. Most teenage boys have a sporting hero even if they don't like to admit to it. These days there are an ever increasing number of sports biographies available and it is worth giving this route a try.

2. Inspiring Biographies And Other Non Fiction Books

In fact biographies seem to be big business these days. Therefore if you have a son interested in other subjects such as music it is worth checking out the list of biographies available. Depending on the age of your son you may wish to take a look at any prospective book before you introduce him to the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Other types of books your teenage son might be interested in reading include books about cars and motors, books about travel and instructional type books.

3. Books With Action

When it comes to fiction action stories are usually the most successful. As a boy gets older, many also like the action and adventure to lean towards horror. This is likely to be because the horror adds to the excitement of the book. The books that tend to work the best show the lead male as a powerful dominate character. This could be based around a spying (James Bond type) or fighting role. This helps to engage boys who are more likely to be able to see themselves in this role.

4. Books With a Teenage Hero

All teenage boys want to be a hero of some sort. A number of popular books show the lead male as a teenager. Surveys have shown that teenage boys like to read this type of book. This gives them the opportunity to see similarities between themselves and the hero of the book. This adds to their reading enjoyment.

5. Books With Humour

Teenager may have their own sense of humour, but if you can find books to match it you greatly increase the chances of them reading.

6. Leading Authors

Authors you may wish to consider for fiction reading include Melvin Burgess and Anthony Horowitz. Anthony Horowitz in particular has a number of series of books available. Some of these include a level of humour as well. Charlie Higson is another author to consider with his series of books based around a teenage James Bond.

7. Comics and Magazines

Obviously comics and magazines are not books. But almost any type of reading is good as it helps with language, vocabulary and comprehension. Comics tend to have limited amounts of words, but anything is better than nothing. There are a wide range of magazines available that may be of interest to a teenage boy. For example there is a thriving music magazine market. There is also plenty to choose form in the sports magazine categories.

8. Be a Role Model

If a boy's father reads a lot of books it makes it more likely that a son will read too. This is not always the case, but if you can act as a role model it increases the chances of your son reading too.

9. Let Them Choose

One almost guaranteed way to spend money and get no return from it is to choose books for your teenage son. If you think a book is good it decreases the chances of him reading the book unless the two of you have a fantastic relationship and he does more or less everything you say. So let him choose. You could choose to set aside some time to go through the options available online at stores such as Amazon or visit an offline bookstore.

While it is fine to offer a bit of guidance your son is far more likely to read a book if he is able to find a book of his own choosing that excites him.

10. Rewards for Reading

By the time a child reaches their teenage years then sticking stars on a wall chart is unlikely to have a great deal of impact. There are other rewards you can offer for books read. I am even aware of parents who pay their children to read good books. That is a step too far for me, but it shows just how important some people view reading to be and the level of challenge presented by getting teenage boys to read.


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Larry Woods

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Getting Teenage Boys to Read

Sometimes the parents do not bother about the reading habits, so the child never bothers to develop reading habit. Along with encouraging your child to read good books you should also take him to LEGO franchise where he can learn valuable lessons while having fun.

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