Tech-savvy teens still read books


A Shocking Report from the Chicago Sun Times. Teens actually READ!

In 1990, there were 66,268 books in print in the children\'s division, including young adult titles, she said. In 1998, that number soared to 130,850.

Middle school and high school students are being drawn to books that are filled with graphics and different typefaces. The books are designed to appeal to teens familiar with Web sites and computer games, say experts on teens and reading.

\"I like his writing,\" Michael said of Shakespeare. \"I just think it\'s cool.\"
Teens say they love to read about how their peers handle problems.

Many area high schools also are offering a more multicultural reading list, including books such as The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and Sula by Toni Morrison.

The Chicago Public Library recently began offering a new book collection of fiction and nonfiction aimed at teen readers. Popular magazines are getting into the act, such as Teen People, which has started a book club.

Parents say they try to encourage their teens to read by talking to them about books.

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