Teens like to do things independently, like picking out their own books and activities. But there are times, like for birthdays or the holidays, when you may want to choose a book for your teen. It doesn't have to be a difficult task, if you follow the tips below.
Time Required: Ongoing
- Make a list of the books your teen has already read. The list should contain both the title of the book and the author. Ask your teen to rate the books from 1 to 10 – one being the least liked and 10 being the most liked. The first place to start when looking for a book for your teen is with the list of authors that your teen has rated their books from 8 to 10. If any of these authors have new books out, they would make a perfect gift.
- Make a list of your teen’s interests and choose a book on that interest. For instance, if your teen is an avid Boston Red Sox fan, a book on the teams history will get read and enjoyed.
- Purchase the books in the format your teen uses. With all of the e-readers out now, your teen may prefer a digital version, as opposed to a paperback. Write down what they prefer so you will remember exactly what it is when their grandmother calls and asks for gift suggestions.
- Ask your teen if there is book they would like to read. Often teens will have a list of books they want to read and all you need to do is ask them for it.
- Visit a bookstore together. My family really enjoys going to a bookstore, hanging out in the coffee shop and looking for a good book or magazine. Pay attention to what your teen is looking for and the books they are interested in - again, write it down to help you remember.
- Encourage your teen to make a wish list at an online bookstore. Have they update it every month or so.
- Be cautious when purchasing a how-to type of book for your teen. You'll want to be sure that it is the book your teen wants, as hobbyists who use how-to books are particular about which books they use. Talk to your teen first.