Mari’s email was so fascinating I thought I’d just plop it in a post in its entirety:
Your recent post on read-alouds reminded me of a great resource for parents and educators trying to ensure boys aren’t left out of the “reading for pleasure” world.
Author Jon Scieszka, who wrote The Stinky Cheese Man, The Time Warp Trio series, and The Math Curse, among others, was recently named the first Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress. A few years ago he started an organization called Guys Read to focus on narrowing the reading gap between boys and girls. I’m submitting the link to the “About” page as a starting point, which outlines some of the statistics as to why they are focusing specifically on boys.
There is a recommended book list by age (young guys, middle guys, older guys). You can click on either the book or the author for Amazon links to ordering. As a teacher and a mom, I found this list of books also serves as a good starting point for any reluctant reader, not simply boys. But the information about the discrepancy between boys’ reading achievement and girls’ reading is thought-provoking.
Thank you for this, Mari. With summer upon us (and most librarys’ summer reading programs raring to go), this is a wonderful place to stoke those reading fires in boys.
I’d love to hear your sons’ favorite books. What are they?