Find inspiration from the resources below.
Research, articles and reports
A nation addicted to smartphones — United Kingdom Office of Communications (Ofcom), communications regulator in the UK.
All about adolescent literacy: how parents can encourage teens to read — a list of tips to encourage teens to read see: from Reading is Fundamental.
PISA low-performing students: why they fall behind and how to help them to succeed — OECD (2015) report
Teens today don’t read books anymore — Jessica E Moyer, a study of differences in interest and comprehension based on reading modalities: Part 1, Introduction and methodology (2010). Evidence-based research into how teens interact with text. It’s not just about books anymore
Teens, social media and technology overview (pdf, 887KB) — 2015 Pew report, the first in a series of reports examining teenagers’ use of technology
The online reading habits of New Zealand Intermediate school students and the significance of web-based fiction — M Harnett (2013), Thesis, Master of Science Communication, University of Otago
Why can’t we read anymore or, can books save us from what digital does to our brains? — this piece by Hugh McGuire is an entertaining great read on the lure of the digital
Why youth (heart) social network sites: the role of networked publics in teenage social life (pdf, 1.28MB) — Danah Boyd, University of California, Berkeley, School of Information
YA Lit 2.0: How YA Authors and Publishers Are Using Web 2.0 Tools to Reach Teen Readers — Buffy Hamilton’s conference presentation gives a succinct account in Slideshare format on reaching young adult readers
'You've changed my life': teenagers, reading and libraries — Anne Harding
Gibb, Robert L. & Guthrie, John T. (2008). Interest in reading: potency of relevance. In Guthrie, John T, ed. Engaging adolescents in reading. Corwin Press.
Guthrie, John T, ed. (2008). Engaging adolescents in reading. Corwin Press.
Irvin, Judith, et al. (2010).Taking the lead on adolescent literacy: action steps for schoolwide success. Corwin/International Reading Association.
Krashen, Stephen. (2004). The power of reading: insights from the research. 2nd ed. Heinemann.
La Marca, Susan and Macintyre, Pam. (2006). Knowing readers: unlocking the pleasure of reading. School Library Association of Victoria.
Layne, Stephen. (2009). Igniting a passion for reading: successful strategies for building lifetime readers. Stenhouse.
Miller, Donalyn. (2009). The book whisperer: awakening the inner reader in every child. Jossey-Bass.
Magpies: talking about books for children — the Australian-published children’s literature journal is an invaluable source of reviews, articles and author interviews. Sections on
- older picture books
- independent readers
- extending readers.
Australian librarian teacher network — online discussion group accessed via login
GottaBook — a list-in-progress of twitter hashtags relating to kids/YA literatureTeens changing reading habits
Literacy online community — Te Kete Ipurangi's online mailing list for secondary school English teachers
Schoollib listserv — the School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) has a lively online discussion forum for school librarians, useful for discussion of suggestions for teen services.