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Motivate Teens to Read With Video Booktalks

Video booktalks are a fun, visual way to get your students excited about reading. Share these videos to introduce new teen reads:

9780545040525_xlgAirhead by Meg Cabot (Grades 7-12)
After a bizarre accident, Em wakes up to find she's no longer herself, and there's no way to fix it.

Watch a video interview with Meg Cabot describing the main character of Airhead.

9780439870320_xlgBox Out by John Coy (Grades 7-12)
A basketball player discovers how to stand up for himself when he stands up for what's right.

0545005426_xlgMoribito  by Nahoko Uehashi (Grades 5-12)
When Balsa saw the prince fall from the bridge, her destiny took an unexpected turn.

9780439899277_xlgSuite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (Grades 7-12)
The Hopewell Hotel and its owners finally found something to hope for when Mrs. A moved into the Empire Suite.

9780439916240_xlgSunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers (Grades 7-12)
Vietnam. Iraq. Different generations. Different wars. But the experiences of the soldiers who fought in them are all too similar.

Booktalks can happen at any time throughout the school day, linked to any block in which reading is important. Encourage your students to watch more video booktalks or create their own booktalks.

Get Ready for Teen Read Week: The Hunger Games

9780439023481_xlg Take advantage of Teen Read Week (October 12-18) to introduce The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and get teens hooked on reading all year long. Read reviews of this captivating book on Scholastic's Kid Lit Kit and Ink Splot 26 blogs.

Elizabeth Bird, a children's librarian at the Donnell Central Children's Room of the New York Public Library, writes in her blog review, "Collins has written a book that is exciting, poignant, thoughtful, and breathtaking by turns. It ascends to the highest forms of the science fiction genre and will create all new fans for the writer. One of the best books of the 2008 year." [A Fuse #8 Production - Blog on School Library Journal]

Here's a list of resources to get you started:

After reading the book, teens can join the discussion by answering trivia challenges and writing about the main characters' motivations. Or, watch the video of Suzanne Collins describing the most difficult part of writing The Hunger Games.

In addition to our Teen Reads book list and video public service announcement, try these ideas to promote teen literacy. Stay tuned this week for more recommended teen reads.

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