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Why Parents of Teenagers Should Read Teen Books

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More than 4,800 books are published each year to be marketed to a teen audience. Reading teen books is an opportunity to put yourself in your teenager’s shoes, and to learn more about challenging topics. Many of the stories are appealing and well written. Reading teen books may help you to remember being a teen yourself and so make you more empathetic to what your kids are going through. Teens are dealing with new adult challenges at the same time that they are striving to form their own identities. Teen books can help you start a conversation about a difficult topic, especially if you and your teen simultaneously read the same title – form your own mini book discussion! Though times have changed, many of the complexities are timeless. A famous quote by Socrates (469-399 B.C.) is a reminder of that:

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”

Here are some suggestions of books to read – all are available at Islip Public Library:

Anderson, Laurie Halse

Speak

Bray, Libba

Going Bovine

Brown, Jennifer

Hate List

Chbosky, Stephen

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Forman, Gayle

If I Stay

Lynch, Chris

Inexcusable

Myers, Walter Dean

Monster

Rowell, Rainbow

Eleanor and Park

Sepetys, Ruth

Out of the Easy

Woodson, Jacqueline

If You Come Softly

Mark Irish

Mark Irish

Mark Irish is the Library’s Teen Librarian. He became a librarian in 2000. His educational background is in the Social Sciences. He loves reading teen and adult literature in which the characters show great resilience. He also enjoys listening to country music. Mark volunteers with JDRF to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to mentor teens that are affected by it. He is an avid mountain biker and also enjoys kayaking and the great outdoors. Click here to subscribe to Mark Irish's blog posts!

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