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Creative Ways to Promote Young Adult Literature to Teenagers

Updated on February 5, 2015
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Rosie is a library media specialist. An avid reader and life-long learner, Rosie enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise in many areas.

Student project, open book diorama, from a local high school.
Student project, open book diorama, from a local high school. | Source

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There are several innovative ways to promote young adult literature to teenagers that are so simple, they can be started immediately. Some creative ways of promoting books are to form a teen advisory group, a teen book discussion group or a puppet theatre group of teens. Involve teen students in state library association conferences, have them conduct fundraisers and be peer reader advisors. Let them have a say in improving the library, redesigning the website and promoting the library.

Book Talks

Book talks are an easy way to promote novels with teens. They can take many forms. They can be hands-on, providing items that symbolize important concepts a book presents. They can be short videos that entice students to want to know more, just like a movie trailer does. They can be brief retellings, teasers that are free of spoilers, giving just enough information for teens to want to read the novel.

Book displays at a local high school.
Book displays at a local high school. | Source

Students Can Write Reviews

By engaging in writing reviews and articles, librarians provide meaningful critiques to patrons and students. Because most reviews are written by librarians and teachers, our opinions are important. Students can also have the opportunity to write reviews and to get information about books from them as well.

The Value of Books on Film

With English language learners, it may be a wise idea to promote books that have been made into films, according to one teacher of American Literature. She shows them in 3 versions: dubbed in the students’ language, in English but with subtitles, and then in English only. In addition, by introducing characters to students and allowing students to follow along with their own book copies as you read, will help them later when they are reading alone.

Book Displays

Since many students browse libraries for their next read, book displays are critical. Simple signs that grab students’ attention, book jackets that are made visible, and attractive bibliographies and banners can do the job. Displays can also be made portable, so they can be easily repositioned as needed.

Metal student art.
Metal student art. | Source

Special Programs

Providing special programs is a good way to draw nonusers into the library. From author visits to outdoor music concerts, events like these will draw young people to the library. Emphasis should be placed on the YA section by routing the patrons past it or with an eye-catching display.


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      Audrey Surma 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks purl3agony! Students often like having their say so I think most students would enjoy this activity.

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      Donna Herron 

      6 years ago from USA

      Great ideas! I particularly like the idea of having students write reviews for their peers - a very clever idea to get teens interested and talking about books. Voted up!

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