Why we should encourage teens to read more books
By Tony Malloney
Studies have indicated that those who read books for pleasure enjoy higher levels of self-esteem and are able to cope with stress and overcome difficulties better than those who do not include reading literature as a pastime. Reading for pleasure has also been associated with improved sleeping patterns.
It is therefore prudent to encourage teens to read for gratification and entertainment, especially for extended periods ... rather than just short posts on social media! Reading literature can lead to improved reading speed, increased ability to mentally process texts, improved language competence and greater knowledge. What's more, books can make the reader a better writer by increasing vocabulary and powers of description.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss
Fortunately, many teenagers are still reading books: especially e-books downloaded directly to their phones, where they can store their personal library. It makes sense when today's teenagers can't be parted from their phones!
But one thing preventing teens reading good books is of course cost. Apart from college books, not all parents can afford to include fiction or non-fiction books within a bringing-up-a-teen budget. There are however places where teens can download books free, legally. One of the most popular platforms is OBOOKO, which has been distributing free ebooks since 2010 and has a dedicated Teen & Young Adults category, containing over 160 free books for teens
Check out their teen category by clicking here!