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about how kids are reading less, and how exciting

shorter books can encourage a love of reading in young people.
Boy looking at mobile device

“It is up to us as writers to craft stories that engage tweens
and teens.”

Reading &
a Paperless Youth

Benefits to offering kids shorter novels include:

  • More accessible and engaging: Short novels are often more accessible to teens than longer works, as they can be read in a shorter amount of time. This can be especially appealing to teens who are busy with schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and social lives.

  • More focused and impactful: Short novels are often more focused and impactful than longer works, as they do not have as much space for digressions or subplots. This can make them more engaging for teens who are looking for a quick and satisfying read.

  • More likely to be finished: Teens are more likely to finish reading short novels than longer works. This is because they are less likely to get bogged down or lose interest in a shorter work.

  • A gateway to longer works: Short novels can be a gateway to longer works for teens who are reluctant readers. By reading short novels, teens can build their confidence and stamina as readers, making them more likely to tackle longer works in the future.

In addition to these benefits, short novels can also provide teens with a variety of perspectives on the world. By reading short novels from different genres and cultures, teens can gain a better understanding of the human experience.

If you are looking for ways to encourage a teen to read, short novels are a great option. With their accessible length, engaging plots, and impactful themes, short novels can help teens develop a lifelong love of reading.

“Encourage children to express what they like about their books, and find more books like those.”

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