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No girls allowed: reading is a boys-only club in Australian schools

No girls allowed: reading is a boys-only club in Australian schools | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Australian author Will Kostakis writes on the sexist perception that books about girls should only be read by girls, while boys about boys can be enjoyed by all genders.
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BEA 2013: The Boy Readers Are All Right

"What boys are reading and if boys are reading are perennial topics of conversation and sources of concern, but to hear three authors discuss the topic at the Writing Genre for Boys panel at BEA last Friday, maybe we don’t need to worry so much. The conversation drifted from what the participating authors – Jack Gantos, Jon Scieszka, and Kevin Emerson – read when they were kids to the way they use humor in their writing, “reluctant readers,” and the very idea of writing “for” boys (or girls) to begin with.

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This is a topic of some concern to me, though I'd like to see a version of this topic specifically on writing for queer youth.  In the mean time, I guess the consesus seems to be "Write well, and the readers will find it no matter what sort of underpants they were"

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Writing for Reluctant Readers (and getting them to read), Part Two

"Last week I covered different writing techniques and styles for writing for kids who don't enjoy reading. I'm also including tactics to encourage kids to read and my book suggestions for reluctant readers. As a parent, teacher and writer, encouraging independent literacy is important to me. Reading is a powerful tool, it can entertain, educate and inform.


Most writers are keen readers, so it's easy to overlook the many kids that struggle with reading and therefore don't get any enjoyment out of persevering though what they see as a chore. If you can change that, you can change a child's world."

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Final entry of a two part post by teacher writer Charmaine on encouraging reluctant readers to read. I also suggest reading Part One (link at the beginning of her post) and the comments section.

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What’s Cooler than Cool? Dads Writing for Their Kids

What’s Cooler than Cool? Dads Writing for Their Kids | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Interview with the guys behind Daddy Cool, an anthology of dads writing YA stories and essays targeted at their kids
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Male reading role models are important. In this post, fathers discuss reading with their children and writing for them too.
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Guest Post: Karen Rock on Let's Hear It for the Boy(s)!

Guest Post: Karen Rock on Let's Hear It for the Boy(s)! | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Writing books that appeal to boys is a joy and a challenge.
Here are some “boots on the ground” perspectives from readers, teachers, and librarians, as well as invaluable insights shared by children’s authors Darren Shan, Ellen Hopkins, Tim Wynne-Jones, and break-out debut novelist, Scott Blagden on how to reach this important readership."

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Reaching Reluctant Readers | Random House for High School Teachers

Reaching Reluctant Readers | Random House for High School Teachers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"In the following articles, you'll find resources to help you identify and reach your reluctant readers."

 

Excellent teacher's guides, author and genre/media articles available as  free PDF downloads from Random House.

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Boys & Reading

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"Boys read. As librarians, we know that’s a fact. Research does indicate, however, that boys typically don’t read as much or as well as girls their same age, and as a result they can fall behind. Some great male writers, beloved by all readers, gave their perspectives on why getting more boys reading is necessary and how we might accomplish that goal..."

 

NB: This is an updated cross-post from Amy.  Original version:  http://showmelibrarian.blogspot.fr/2012/06/ala12-boys-and-reading.html

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Changing the way kids look at the world, one book at a time

Changing the way kids look at the world, one book at a time | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"As a mother, what struck me most was just how passionate these kids are about reading. Several of them told me they’d never read an entire book or a series of books before Percy Jackson came into their lives." - Rock Center correspondent, Kate Snow, writes about her interview with Rick Riordan and the popularity of the Percy Jackson series.  Kate Snow's full report can be viewed  below in "The Gift".

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To Do Well In Life, You Have To 'Read Well'

To Do Well In Life, You Have To 'Read Well' | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Author Walter Dean Myers is the nation's latest ambassador for young people's literature. The two-year post is something like a youth version of poet laureate. As a young man in Harlem, Myers hid his books so no one would know he liked to read. David Greene talks to Myers about his appointment and what he wants to accomplish."

 

Includes audio of interview with Walter Dean Myers.

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Street-smart Walter Dean Myers named national ambassador for children's literature

Street-smart Walter Dean Myers named national ambassador for children's literature | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Walter Dean Myers, the author of "Fallen Angels," "Sunrise Over Fallujah," Monster," "Hoops" and other hard-hitting novels for youth, has been named the new national ambassador for children's literature. He succeeds Katherine Paterson ("A Bridge to Terabithia"), who had served in the spot since 2010."

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Getting boys to read

Getting boys to read | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
AUDIO: Listen to kids author Andy Griffiths chat with James O'Loghlin on the cleverest and most disgusting ways to get boys, and girls, into books.
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Author Jeff Kinney's hot streak not wimping out

Author Jeff Kinney's hot streak not wimping out | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

Author Jeff Kinney's hot streak not wimping out. Perhaps most important, Kinney has been lauded by parents, teachers and librarians for convincing millions of reluctant young readers that reading can be fun.

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Richard Paul Evans on MICHAEL VEY: The Prisoner of Cell 25

Richard Paul Evans discusses his bestselling YA novel, MICHAEL VEY. Find out the authors personal connection with the main character, a young boy with Tourette's syndrome.
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Darren Shan's top tips for getting reluctant readers back into reading

Darren Shan's top tips for getting reluctant readers back into reading | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Are you or do you know a teenager who has stopped reading? Darren Shan has some great advice for enjoying (rather than enduring) it again, and shares some of the best books to rock your world!
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Writing for Reluctant Readers, a guest post by Alex Van Tol

Writing for Reluctant Readers, a guest post by Alex Van Tol | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Writers who are eager to break into publishing – or who are wanting to take a break from their usual genre – will be pleased to know there’s a huge and growing market for books that are accessible to youngsters who struggle with reading. Often referred to as hi-lobooks, these are short, action-packed books written in easy-to-grasp language. The margins are a little wider, the font is a wee bit bigger, and the words are a smidgeon shorter. As for the rest? Exactly the same as mainstream fiction.

 Reluctant readers are just as socially savvy and emotionally mature as kids who find reading easy. It’s essential not to dumb anything down for these youngsters. They crave stories that speak to the concerns in their own lives, yet which are written at a reading level that they can manage."
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Teenage Wasteland? - The Loft Literary Center

Teenage Wasteland? - The Loft Literary Center | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"A writer recently emailed me with questions about the state of reading world for boys, asking if the landscape was “a wasteland,” and why writers aren’t flocking to that market.  

Let me start with a quick disclaimer: books do not line up on opposite sides of the gym like sixth graders at their first dance. There are plenty of great books with girl heroes that boys will love (see this terrific list for suggestions), and vice versa. I don’t really like the boy book/girl book false dichotomy. At the same time, I think it’s realistic to say, for example, that Jimmy the Jeep and the Dangerous Jump, will be read by more boys than Princess Mermaid and the Sea Unicorn. Some books skew to a boy audience, and those are the books I’m talking about."

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Interesting post about boys and reading from an author's perspective.
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Eight YA Authors Recommend Books for Teenage Guys

Eight YA Authors Recommend Books for Teenage Guys | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"When confronted with over a hundred books, it can be really helpful to have expert recommendations – sort of like reader’s advisory about the reader’s advisory, if that’s not too meta for you all.  While we were putting together yesterday's wall - 140+ Books for the Boys of YA – we thought we might branch out a little bit and ask some of the authors featured in the wall itself for recommendations."
This post covers an impresive variety of quality (and fun) books for the young & young at heart - or even those who can just barely remember either state.


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Interview with Scot Gardner

Interview with Scot Gardner | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Scot Gardner has written several critically acclaimed novels for young adults. His debut novel, One Dead Seagull, was followed by White Ute Dreaming, a powerful story of first love, mates, and a yellow dog. His third novel, Burning Eddy, was shortlisted for the CBC Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adults. Gravity was also shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award in 2007. The Dead I Know was published by Allen & Unwin in Australia in 2011; it is the first Scot Gardner novel to be published in Canada.
(Updated, August 23) The Dead I Know has just won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year 2012, in the Older Readers category. Congratulations, Scot!"

 

Scot also recommends a number of fiction books that may appeal to teens, particularly boys.

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Michael Morpurgo: We are failing too many boys in the enjoyment of reading

Michael Morpurgo: We are failing too many boys in the enjoyment of reading | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
With today's news that three out of four schools are worried about boys' reading, Michael Morpurgo shares his ideas on how we can engage more boys in reading...
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Novelist James Patterson preaches the power of kids' books

Novelist James Patterson preaches the power of kids' books | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
James Patterson has written so many books, he's lost track of the exact number. Ask him how many novels he's penned for 2012 alone and he shrugs, then guesses: "Twelve or 13?

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The Gift: 'Percy Jackson' author reveals genesis of novels

The Gift: 'Percy Jackson' author reveals genesis of novels | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Author Rick Riordan has enchanted readers of all ages with his tales centered around the ancient worlds of Greece, Rome and Egypt. 

 

Kate Snow talks with Rick Riordan on the popularity of his Percy Jackson series, especially with reluctant readers.  Rick discusses how the series evolved. (Full Report)

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Myth & Mystery: Happy New Year, Readers Young and Old

Myth & Mystery: Happy New Year, Readers Young and Old | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"I try to write for all kids, even the reluctant readers. I was a reluctant reader. I'm the father of two reluctant readers. My heart goes out to the kids who've never found a book they truly enjoyed, because I was one of those kids for a long time " - Rick Riordan

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Reading Matters Years 9 and 10

Reading Matters Years 9 and 10 | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Reading Matters is a program for years nine and ten that has been running at Scotch for the past three years, working with reluctant students and firing them up about writing, reading and story."

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How do we get boys to join our school reading club?

How do we get boys to join our school reading club? | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Try tempting them with books they might like - Charlie Higson and Darren Shan are always popular.
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TM Alexander talks Tribers and Writing a Series for Boys and/or Reluctant Readers

TM Alexander talks Tribers and Writing a Series for Boys and/or Reluctant Readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Eight observations on writing a series for boys and/or reluctant readers."

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