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Tips for Creating Lifelong Readers

Tip #71: Nobody Watches TV Anymore

Kitty Felde

Writer Nikki Grimes

Writer Nikki Grimes

Remember when moms complained about the amount of TV their kids watched? Now, it's YouTube.

It's a complaint I hear from parents over and over again: their kids aren't reading, but it's not because they're distracted by video games or binge-watching Netflix series. Their eyeballs are glued to YouTube videos.

Not that there's anything wrong with it. I've learned how to edit photos, sew welt pockets, and hook up my Roku by watching YouTube videos. Candace Williams says YouTube can also be a tool to get reluctant readers to pick up a book.

Candace is Teen Services Library Assistant in Tracy Public Library in California. Candace says plenty of YouTube stars have written books - "about their life, about their show, about their beauty tips." Whatever the topic, she pulls their book off the shelf and watches her patrons' eyes light up. "Oh, I know that person!" they tell her. And then they go home with the book.

Here's a few titles that might tempt your YouTube fan: 

  • "This Book is Not On Fire" is by a couple of awkward Brits named Dan Howell and Phil Lester, aka 'danisonfire' and 'AmazingPhil.' Never heard of them? Their quirky videos are followed by more than 8 million subscribers.

  • Robby Novak - otherwise known as Kid President - has a book "Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome."

  • Lilly Singh, aka YouTuber 'superwoman' wrote a series of motivational essays in "How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life." 

Common Sense Media put together its ownbooklist by YouTube stars.

Of course, YouTube is also a place where you can watchauthor interviews, book trailers, and even book reviews.

Oh, and by the way, Book Club for Kids has its ownYouTube channel, too.