Sunday, October 14, 2012

Today is...The Start of Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is sponsored by YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a branch of the American Library Association. Their mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens.

Teen Read Week started in 1998 to encourage teens to read for pleasure. It promotes the reading of books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks, graphic novels, and anything else that can be read.

A lot of books that are aimed at teens have been made into movies including The Chronicles of Narnia, Eragon, The Golden Compass, Holes, Knight's Tale, Little Women, Nick and Norah's Infinate Playlist, Scott Pilgrim, X-men, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Teen books tend to cause the most controversy in libraries (and schools) with some people feeling like some of the books contain too much bad language, sex, alcohol, violence, or just themes too mature for teens.

In 2011, 9 of the 10 most frequently challenged books were books either aimed at teens or traditionally read by teens.

Betwen 1990 and 2010, the two most popular reasons for challenging a book were for sexually explicit material and offensive language.

What was your favorite book as a teenager? Or what is currently your favorite teen book?

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