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I REALLY LOVE A GOOD BOOK
How do I encourage my teenager to read books? I tried taking him to bookstores, I tried telling him about books I have read, I swear I tried everything. I can’t hardly get him off his phone so he’s technically always reading, but how the heck do I get him into reading something that makes him think a little bit? Or, I mean, at least get him to read something that isn’t misspelled from the internet?
It’s a terrible shame that kids don’t seem to enjoy reading anymore. I won’t deny that I watch too much TV, but I try to keep a good balance with other activities.
I really love a good book. I love all books, really. These days they call real books “old school.”
My grandson tells me that us old folks who have big bookshelves are dinosaurs. It doesn’t stop me from buying too many books for the littlest kids, because I can read those to them. It just seems the big kids find the act of turning pages to be too much for their delicate hands, or something. Maybe papercuts interfere with texting?
Anyway, I believe it’s important that we try and get everyone, but mostly our kids re-interested in reading. There are so many wonderful stories that can’t be shared unless they read the books. So how do you reel your son in?
You could start by really working on figuring out what your kid’s interests are. Even if all he loves in the world is video games, it’s somewhere to start. There are books about every possible subject. Books can cover every possible hobby or special interest, and there are even books about video games!
You could turn finding books into a game. If you set out to only find books at a resale bookstore, it’s not as easy as just walking up to a shelf of brand-new titles stacked four in a row. When you’re digging through the stacks of books others have let go of it becomes a genuine treasure hunt! Who doesn’t like a treasure hunt?
Don’t leave yet, I haven’t gone completely senile, I promise! There is a possibility you’ve got a trick up your sleeves, too. It’s time to call down to your local library.
All of our local libraries — Dilley, Pearsall, and Cotulla — all of them are set up with something called the Lonestar Digital Library. It is connected to an app called Libby. You can get the app on every kind of phone and tablet, and you can use your computer, too.
It’s not just for reading e-books, either. This app has audiobooks available, as well.
I can’t guarantee you that your kid will suddenly become a bookworm. Resale shops are cheap… and can make it extra fun. Library cards are free, though, and so is checking books out on that app. You don’t have to drive back to the library to turn anything back in, either. So at least it’s worth trying!