How To Get Teens To Read | On Point

February 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM

David Denby on the 24 great books that can bring even today’s kids to reading. And maybe you, too.

A sampling of same of the great books author David Denby thinks could help encourage young readers to love books. (National Post / The Publishers)

In the age when everything is digital, quick and dazzling, what’s to engage an American teen in the world of a great book? Of deep reading? New Yorker writer David Denby set out to find out. It’s a real challenge. He worries that without meeting it we face a profound cultural loss. But he also found a way. In classrooms where passionate teachers open great books and young minds. This hour On Point, David Denby, and what it takes to make readers of the hyper-digital young.

— Tom Ashbrook


David Denby, staff writer and film critic at the New Yorker.. Author of the new book, “Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives.” Also author of “American Sucker,” “Great Books,” “Snark” and “Do the Movies Have a Future?” (@realdaviddenby)

Sean Leon, English teacher at the Beacon School, a public magnet school in New York City.

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