Teenager reading aloud

Do you remember those cuddling moments at bed time, when you read a story to your child when s/he was too young to read, thus nurturing your love for of each other and for reading? 

Bedtime story -ClipartResearch shows that reading aloud to children when they are teenagers is still extremely valuable. It:

  • Helps children to become better readers
  • Improves adult awareness of their responsibility as literacy role models
  • Improves the quality of family life

During read-aloud, we share the excitement, the suspense, the emotion, and the sheer fun of a new book and its intriguing or annoying characters.

We will not take our teenager on our laps, but we can still find fun ways of reading aloud with them. Sharing an article, a poem, an encyclopaedia entry or a few paragraphs from a book with your family at lunch, in the car (can be audio books), to entertain him/her while s/he is doing the washing-up, when s/he is sick in bed, or anytime, and keep it a regular habit. Take turns. They can read things to you too.

Chose read-alouds that relate to a current issue, a recent discussion or topic of study, or that you particularly liked, to foster a love of literature. Try different things. The wider the variety of readings, the greater the chance to meet or provoke the teen’s interests. It will often be the start of great discussions…

More on http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=12Teenagers reading aloud in MACLIC

Have fun!


PS. Teenagers like to read aloud to each other too: I often witness groups of students happily sharing stories.

PPS. At MAC, reading out loud and reading together in unison is a practice used by many teachers to assist with the comprehension and enjoyment of text.


“Miss, can you recommend a good book?”

shelvesThis is your most FAQ. And you may have heard me answering: “Well, most of them ARE good books. What do YOU want to read?” So how to choose a good book for you?  

Define your interests: animal or war story? Hilarious or scary? Spies, detectives, monsters? Time travel? Diary? True story? Whatever you like, you can type the keyword/s on the OPAC computer and scroll the list of results to find one that please you.  

Check out book lists: from teachers, from book guides (find them in 011/R or on the top of the reference shelf), from https://maclic.wordpress.com/book-lists/, from libraries and bookseller shops, from various literacy organizations (on the Book List page), from magazines…

If you liked a book… check out Book Find links (on the right), or you could read a book by the same author, or with the same key-words, or you can read the book again.

Book recommendation: Ask friends, family, and teachers what books they’d recommend you, or what books they liked. 

From the shelves: look at the spines or the covers, does the title talks to you? Take the book, read the back cover, or the first words. 

Try out different kind of books, to see what appeals to you. Have fun! Reading is enjoyable and can open up a brand new world!

If you choose your book/s in another way, please share it with us!