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Getting teens to read September 16, 2008

If Bart Simpson has never exactly been a force for good, he is now (or, rather, the actress who voices his character is).

Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart on “The Simpsons,” has recorded three public service announcements (PSAs) for Teen Read Week™ 2008, set for Oct. 12-18 in libraries across the country. The theme is Books with Bite @ your library. To read more about the program and have a listen, click here.

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative sponsored baimed at the oft-neglected segment of the reading population, teens. But the annual awareness program, which began in 1998 and is sponsored by the American Library Association and numerous partners, also targets teens’ parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. The purpose of the event is to increase the number of teens who are regular readers and library users.

Nancy Cartwright is an Emmy Award–winning actress whose unmistakable voice has appeared on a number of hit TV shows, but she is best known for playing Bart on the long-running Fox series, “The Simpsons.” She has also narrated a number of audiobooks, including her autobiography “My Life as a Ten-Year-Old Boy”; “Stink,” a series of audiobooks for young people by Megan McDonald; and “If I Were You,” a story by L. Ron Hubbard.

If you’re looking for ways to get your teen more involved in reading, here’s a great place to start.

And as for finding meaty reading material teens will gobble up? An excellent site for book suggestions is www.teenreads.com.

posted by Janie McQueen, author of The New Magic Bookshelf: Finding Great Books Your Child Will Treasure Forever

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