So, as the concept of reading broadens to encompass the digital and bite-sized, we need to ensure teens reading opportunities are also broadened. What we need to do is not just honor all reading — as CSM suggests — but to keep offering new doors, new opportunities, and new options to teenagers. A graphic novel one day, a cool app the next, a novel on a third day, or a poem, a play, an investigative article, a description of a new discovery. The idea is to keep opening doors, so occasional readers recognize that there is something of interest—something appealing, stimulating, or unexpected—waiting for them when they do take time to read. With such stiff competition, it becomes even more important for teachers and library staff to work together to engage each and every student with reading. Are teenagers reading less?
Engaging teens with reading
20 YA Books for Older Teen Reluctant Readers
This article is edited from a story shared exclusively with members of The Masthead , the membership program from The Atlantic find out more. In part one, we explore why adults gravitate towards books written for children and teenagers. In part two, we hear from best-selling YA author John Green about his latest protagonist and the stigma surrounding mental illness. Young-adult literature typically centers on teenagers. To find out why, I consulted the president of a young-adult publishing imprint, a professor of young-adult literature, a few Masthead members who love YA, and Green himself. The bildungsroman—the original term for a coming-of-age story—dates back to 17th century Germany, when Johann Wolfgang Goethe and his contemporaries began writing stories about young protagonists, progressing on a journey toward maturity.
Why So Many Adults Love Young-Adult Literature
Yes, you read that right: adults. Once upon a time it would have been shameful for adults to read books written for teenagers, never mind admitting that publicly, but nowadays it has become so common that many have even taken to blogging to discuss and review what they have read. At YA events such as book signings and author talks, a staggering number of attendees are aged 18 or over — showing that the prior societal damnation of adults reading books for young people is no more. This in itself creates a sub-mystery, too: why do these books remain popular years after they are first published, and what is it about our current society and world that means that their messages and values are still applicable to us?
Young adult fiction YA is a category of fiction written for readers from 12 to 18 years of age. The subject matter and genres of YA correlate with the age and experience of the protagonist. The genres available in YA are expansive and include most of those found in adult fiction. Common themes related to YA include friendship, first love, relationships, and identity.