A genuine interest for reading and writing is likely to make your teenager more interested in practicing these essential English skills. Here are some ideas to help them find reading and writing exciting.


Find books on topics that they enjoy

There are loads of different genres of books available to read. Forcing your child to read books on topics they aren’t interested in is unlikely to get them to love reading. To really get your child motivated to read, give the books from a genre that they find interesting. If your child likes history and is fascinated by World War II, you could get them books set in this time period. If your child loves science, you could get them science fiction books. If your child loves romance, there are lots of classic romantic novels for them to read! Knowing your child’s interests and finding books to match is a really easy way of encouraging them to read for leisure and choose more books for themselves.


Watch the film and read the book

It’s become a common trend for new film releases to be based on a book. So, if your teenage children are fans of such a movie, why not encourage them to read the book too? If they already like the film, then you can be sure that the book has a storyline that they will find captivating. Reading the book after watching the film is a good alternative to buying the DVD and watching the movie again. Your child may even begin to read other books by the same author, or sequels to the book that weren’t made into a movie.


Look for local reading and writing groups for teenagers

Local councils have a variety of different events for teenagers. Why not check if there is a reading and writing group available for teenagers in your local area? It can be a great way for your child to meet other people their age. Often, these groups have an element of debate to them. This will also help your child to develop essential speaking and listening skills, which they will be tested on at school. If there is not a reading and writing group in your local area, you could work together with other parents and organize it yourselves.


Enter competitions

Having a purpose and the possibility of a reward can help your child be more interested in writing. Young Writers is a great website to find out about poetry and story writing competitions that your child can enter. Your child can put the skills they’ve learnt in school into practice and they may even win a prize!


Summer Camps

Finding things to do over the long summer holiday can be tough. So, why not enrol your children in a summer camp or summer school, with an emphasis on poetry or creative writing? Your children will enjoy having a holiday in another part of the country, making new friends as well as reading and writing interesting poems and stories.