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The Best Books for Reluctant Teen Readers and How to Use Them in Your Program

(Grades 6-12)

New Seminar Presented by Bonnie Kunzel
Nationally Known Presenter and Author

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Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Both School and Public Librarians, Library Aides, and Administrators

  • An insightful overview of the very best young adult books that will grab the attention of reluctant teen readers
  • An exciting day packed with innovative ideas for using these titles to encourage your reluctant readers to read – with enthusiasm!
  • Explore the wide variety of books to interest your reluctant teen readers – fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and more
  • An extensive resource handbook filled with more than a dozen annotated booklists on a wide variety of topics that interest reluctant readers – a resource you will use for years ahead

Practical Strategies

In this outstanding NEW seminar designed specifically for educators and librarians who work with reluctant teen readers, you will discover a wealth of exciting books and useful ideas to encourage your reluctant readers to read.

With the current explosion in publishing of books for young adults, there has never been a better time – with more resources – to capture the attention of reluctant teen readers. But the question arises: “What are the best titles and how do you share them with teens, especially teens who can read but choose not to read?”

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Connect with the Best of the Best in Young Adult Literature with Reluctant Teen Readers
    Explore a wealth of high-quality young adult titles with proven teen appeal … Books that even your most reluctant readers will want to read
  2. Focus on the Top Ten Books for Teens – As Selected by Teens Themselves
    Discover exciting new titles that are regarded by teens as their favorites … You might be surprised at some of the books that will hook reluctant teen readers
  3. Link Your Reluctant Teen Readers with Engaging Nonfiction
    Discover nonfiction titles that are sure-fire winners with reluctant readers … Here are the best of the best biographies, teen issue books and books that are just plain fascinating
  4. Explore Graphic Novels and Manga that Will Capture the Attention of Your Reluctant Readers
    This is a format that is becoming more and more popular with teen readers, especially reluctant readers and those difficult-to-reach teen boys … Find out which titles are currently “hot” among young adult readers
  5. Practical Ideas for Engaging Reluctant Readers in Reading
    Learn from a national award-winning expert as she “book talks” her way through dozens of the top books for reluctant readers … Here are ideas, tips and activities for getting reluctant readers involved with books
  6. Motivate Reluctant Teen Readers to Read in the Future
    Learn how to build on your students' interests with new and different formats … Provide materials and resources to encourage reading year after year
  7. Choose the Best Books for Boys Who are Reluctant Readers
    Many teen boys have distinct tastes in reading … Learn specific ways to “hit the mark” with these boys who think they don't want to read
  8. How to Connect Your Reluctant Teen Readers with the Best Young Adult Authors
    Which authors have been recognized (or should be) for their contributions to teen literature? Which authors writing today are consistent reluctant readers “pleasers”?
  9. Powerful Strategies for Finding and Evaluating the Best Books for Reluctant Teen Readers
    Award winners, book reviews, online research, and more … Access the best tools for keeping up with and evaluating the books that work best with reluctant readers
  10. Booklists, Booklists and Booklists
    Why reinvent the wheel? Booklists of all kinds that appeal to reluctant teen readers will be provided in the extensive resource handbook you will receive at the seminar

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • A - Annotated booklists for reluctant teen readers
  • B - Books that appeal to boys
  • C - Connecting reluctant teen readers and books
  • D - Diverse titles for a diverse world
  • E - Eclectic selection: Books of all kinds that appeal to reluctant readers
  • F - Facts and figures about teen reading
  • G - Graphic novels (comic book format) that your reluctant teen readers will grab
  • H - Historical fiction, for fun and for your curriculum
  • I - Informational books, including the Sibert Award Winners
  • J - Jury is in: Award winners for teens
  • K - Keep them reading with non-book report ideas
  • L - Lord of the Rings and other fantasies that will capture the attention of your reluctant teen readers
  • M - Manga (the Japanese comic books so popular with today's teens)
  • N - Networking opportunities with colleagues and presenter
  • O - Online resources filled with titles and ideas for encouraging the reluctant teen reader
  • P - Picture books that won't offend the reluctant teen reader
  • Q - Quick picks for reluctant teen readers
  • R - Review sources and professional journals
  • S - Science fiction and fantasy that your reluctant teen reader will love
  • T - Teens like fiction that … (annotated list of titles with teen appeal that correspond with what we know about teen development)
  • U - Unique resource handbook
  • V - Verse novels and poetry for reluctant teen readers
  • W - Ways to reach out to reluctant teen readers: Tips and techniques for booktalking and book discussion groups
  • X - X-Men and other graphic novel superheroes popular with reluctant teen readers
  • Y - Young adult reluctant readers summer reading program tips
  • Z - Zines to Zits: Young adult issues and interests addressed in books that your reluctant teen readers will want to read

A Message From Your Seminar Leader Bonnie Kunzel

Dear Colleague:

We love books! Many of us have built our lives around books. But we also know that a substantial number of people in this country never experience the rewards of reading a new book – whether it may be fiction or nonfiction, graphic novel or biography.

We also know that more and more of our young adult students are being identified as reluctant readers – students who can read, but choose not to read. Our challenge is to provide our students with the tools they need for success – and the love of reading is surely one of the most important gifts that we can give them. Many of our students would rather do almost anything else than to pick up a book. They may feel they are too busy to read, or have experienced failure in the past. Whatever the reason, we must find the books and the ways to encourage these reluctant teen readers to read more and at a higher level. Our time with these reluctant teen readers is probably the last chance to transform them into enthusiastic readers.

In our day together, we will examine what makes a book attractive to reluctant teen readers and generate practical strategies for encouraging our young adults to read them. We'll explore hundreds of titles – fiction and nonfiction – that have been proven successful with reluctant teen readers.

We'll work on specific ways to incorporate these engaging books into our programs and how to “sell” them to our teens. We'll focus on formats that are especially appealing to reluctant teen readers and identify the best titles for boys. The challenge is great, but the books and strategies are out there. Now to bring them to our programs – with enthusiasm!

I love to read and talk about books! I'm delighted to have this opportunity to share these books for reluctant teen readers with an audience of colleagues who work with reluctant teen readers. I look forward to meeting you on this day devoted to a last-chance effort to connect our reluctant teen readers with books.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Kunzel

P.S. If you're looking for a fun-filled day packed with books and ideas to capture the attention of your reluctant teen readers, this is the seminar for you!

Who Should Attend

Educators who serve Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, School Librarians/Media Specialists, Public Librarians, Library Aides, Title I Staff Members, Administrators, and Parents.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar by Bonnie Kunzel. The handbook includes:

  • An annotated list of the top books for reluctant teen readers, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as the newest Teen Top Ten titles
  • Young Adult Literature, including Classics, Old and New that will appeal to the reluctant teen reader
  • Booklists, fully annotated and with curricular connections
  • Review sources and online resources that focus on the reluctant teen reader
  • Tips and techniques on book discussion groups, booktalking, Teen Read Week and more
  • A subject guide to books arranged by genres and themes

Meet and Share
Participants will have networking opportunities throughout the day, time in which they can discuss books and teen issues with each other.

Consultation Available
Bonnie Kunzel will be available before, during and after the seminar to discuss books and teen issues with seminar participants.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!

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