Presentation on theme: "Patrick Jones www.connectingya.com Getting started School Library Journal November 2001 “ Why We Are Kids Best Assets” One in your face: “I hate to read”"— Presentation transcript:
Getting started School Library Journal November 2001 “ Why We Are Kids Best Assets” One in your face: “I hate to read” – what does it mean, why did he say it, and what you can do about it One fact: “Reading ability is positively correlated with the extent to which students read recreationally.” -National Center for Education Statistics. One story from JDC
Why They Aren’t Reading 1. Associate with failure
Why They Aren’t Reading 6. Not a priority / rather do that read
Why They Aren’t Reading 7.Some adolescents may consider reading solitary and anti- social.
Why They Aren’t Reading 8. Can’t find the good books
Young adults like fiction that : 1. Show YAs being independent from adults. 2. Reassure YAs they are "normal". 3. Present role models. 4. Demonstrate problem solving in action. 5. Allow to feel like winners/overcoming odds. 6. Display relationships of all sorts. 7. Capture intensity of their life. 8. Help develop of socially responsible behavior 9. Explore lives of other teenagers 10. Relax, emote, and release.
The Turn Around Books “I don’t think there is one turn-around book. That reduces a love to reading to a silver bullet—or in this case a magic book. Reluctant readers come to reading reluctantly. For a while they’ll be book-at-a- time readers---readers who will read the book we put into their hand but they won’t seek out the next good book on their own. Gradually, with support and encouragement, they’ll move toward a stance that says, “This reading thing is good—good enough that I’ll seek a book out on my own.” Maybe that’s the turn-around-book—the book that the kid on his own finds that he enjoys” - Dr. K. Beers (via email)
Walker Books for Young Readers http://www.walkeryoungreaders.com/ nailed by Patrick Jones (April 2006)
For more information: Connecting with Reluctant Teen Readers: Tips., Titles, and Tools By Patrick Jones, Maureen Hartman, and Patricia Taylor Neal-Schuman, July 2006
Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones http://www.connectingya.com Consulting, training, and coaching for providing powerful youth services including library card campaigns and web projects patrick@connectingYA.com