Over half of nine-year-olds read every day, but only 17% of 17-year-olds do. The number of kids who read frequently and for pleasure drops significantly through the middle and high school ages, so it’s important that all adults in a kid’s life — parents and teachers — intervene and get actively involved in a kid’s reading habits at these ages. A teacher might be able to find the best books for middle school students and high school students in the classroom, but a parent can nurture good habits at home. Here are three reasons to get actively involved in a kid’s reading habits.

1. To Instill Important Skills
Getting involved with kids’ reading habits is important for instilling valuable skills that they’ll need in and out of the classroom. It’s great to give kids autonomy so that they do read on their own, but at the same time, it’s important to talk about it with them. Ask them what they’re reading, and what they’re learning from it. Engage them in thoughtful discussion and application of what they are reading — and this should happen in and out of the classroom.

2. To Offer Helpful Guidance
Aside from helping them develop valuable skills, it’s also important to be involved in kids’ reading habits in order to be able to guide them. Reading is an inherently positive thing, but a gentle push in the right direction can make a big difference. More than 75% of teens have had an adult in their lives recommended leadership books or self-improvement books in the last year. Making recommendations is an easy way to make sure that a child is getting some sort of leadership development training through their recreation.

3. So They’ll Read More
Kids who have parents that don’t read frequently, don’t read frequently themselves. Kids who have parents that do read frequently do read frequently. Setting a good example is important for kids to pick up good, consistent habits and keep reading.

How do you stay involved in kids’ reading habits? Do you have any recommendations for the best books for middle school students or high school students? Feel free to share with us in the comments section below.