Celebrate Teen Read Week with books that made it to the big screen

teen readingTeen Read Week is a nationwide teen literacy initiative created by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association.) This year, Teen Read Week runs from October 12-18 with the theme “Turn Dreams into Reality.”

A great incentive for teens struggling with the motivation to read can be seeing a story come to life on the big screen. And it can also be a thrill for young bibliophiles who can’t get enough of books.

Here are three Teen Read Week picks that have recently been adapted into films:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky (1999)

This novel centers on Charlie, a timid boy who navigates the tough world of high school as he tries to make friends and deal with past traumas. Chbosky isn’t afraid to talk about the myriad of hard topics that teens have to deal with on a daily basis, including acceptance, tolerance, and love. The film was released in 2012.

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green (2012)

This wildly popular novel follows teenage cancer patients Hazel Grace and Augustus as they deal with their diseases and find comfort in each other. This tearjerker is acclaimed for the realistic portrayal of strong characters that face unspeakable hardships. The film was released in June.

The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)

This futuristic novel tells of a world where society lives in “Sameness,” meaning people are free of pain and suffering but there is no color or ability to choose. Jonas is a young boy assigned to hold the memories of the time before this dystopia and struggles with learning the truth about his world. A mainstay on school reading lists, this book was produced as a film and released in August. It is still in theaters.

With these titles, teens may discover that they like reading just as much, if not more, than watching movies.