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Teen Read Week 2013 Reading...How Do You Do It?: Home

Program ideas, book lists, marketing tips, and other resources!

Program Ideas

  • Create commercials for your favorite reading spot or position
  • Poetry slam/café
  • Make your own READ poster, have teens create the backdrop
  • Create book trailers
  • Reading letters – pen-pal program, write your favorite author, memoirs

Arts and Crafts

  • Knitting, crocheting, sewing workshop - reading patterns
  • Student cook-off - reading a recipe
  • Geo-caching - reading a map

What direction should I take this theme??

I read to ... [learn, discover, drive, function]

I read for ... [pleasure, work, information, answers, etc.]

When I read I use ... [books, ebooks, newspapers, web sites, etc.]

Book Lists

  • When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
  • 13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson (and Last Little Blue Envelope)
  • Americus, by M.K. Reed
  • Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, by Maureen Johnson
  • Book Girl (GN series), by Mizuki Nomura
  • Burn Journals, by Brent Runyon
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos
  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  • Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Goings
  • Hunger Games Trilogy, by  Suzanne Collins (reading signs, environment)
  • Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, by Ron Koertge (and Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs)
  • Thou Shalt Not Road Trip, by Antony John
  • You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens, edited by Sarah Cortez

Other book lists:




"Read" Outside the Box

  • Scavenger hunt – the idea is that you “read” directions or a list
  • Palm reading or tea leaves reading
  • Reading music – either funny like a kazoo band, or bongos, or serious like a student music talent show
  • Sign reading – conduct a ASL workshop
  • Reading labels – have a nutritionist come in for a workshop about choosing good foods


  • Read-a-thon
  • Get Caught Reading Photo Contest
  • Battle of the Books