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Dive In: A book guide for struggling and reluctant readers - Barrington Stoke

Dive In: A book guide for struggling and reluctant readers - Barrington Stoke | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
We were delighted when Dyslexia Action approached us with a view to working together on a guide to choosing books for struggling or reluctant readers, or those with dyslexia.
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How to buy books for young adults | Kill Your Darlings Journal

How to buy books for young adults | Kill Your Darlings Journal | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"‘Excuse me, where are the boys’ books? I’m looking to buy for a 16-year-old.’

I overheard this question while browsing in a bookshop recently. I felt insta-rage, and wanted to explode into a rant about gender-specific books and how there’s no such thing as “girl” books and “boy” books because books don’t have sex organs, for cryin’ out loud! But I reined in my uproar, and seeing as I was browsing in the same section, I offered to help this woman who was looking to buy a young adult book for her grandson."

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Great tips from Danielle Binks on shopping for a book to give to a teenager.

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Books for reluctant readers: Part 2

"In part 2 of our video series on books for reluctant readers, Teacher speaks to Peter Hillman, Head of Library and Information Services at Scotch College in Victoria, about his top picks for male reluctant readers in secondary school."

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When Books Come To Life, The Reluctant Reader: A YALC Fan Video.

"This video was made by people who love books. YALC is a Young Adult Literature Convention happening in London 12-13 Of July 2014."

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Books that teens won't hate: Reaching reluctant readers

Books that teens won't hate: Reaching reluctant readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Locker Combinations is a Book Case feature by BookPage contributor and young adult (YA) literature expert Jill Ratzan.

"Avid readers can easily be boggled at best—and horrified at worst—by teens who seem completely uninterested in reading. As adults who love the written word, we want the teens in our lives to love it too. So how can we reach out to teens who don't like to read?"

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Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost

Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
We've all heard this, haven't we? Boys and books don’t go together. We heard it in library school, we might see it among our patrons, and maybe even experience it at home with the boys in our lives

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Marita Thomson's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:44 PM

Some outside the square ideas for what works with boys, but none of these ideas need be exclusive to them. I like the emphasis on relationship building for long term success. Settng up activities which don't start with books but can easily include them is an excellent soft sell option. Recognising that many kids want to do things rather than talk about them opens up interesting options.

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Maggie Lyons Blog: Books for Boys

Maggie Lyons Blog: Books for Boys | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"The School Library Journal recently presented a webcast discussing books suitable for boys, who are very often reluctant readers. Presenting their recommended lists of titles were representatives of three publishing companies: Cheryl Herman, marketing director of Random House Listening Library, Margaret Coffee, marketing director of Egmont USA, and Paula Ayer, editor with Annick Press. The moderator was Ed Spicer, School Library Journal.editor."

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Nice to see Australian author Anna Fienberg on this list.

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Nadia Koski's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:54 AM

Great book list if your stumped on what to get your nephew or just curious about new titles for boys in general! 

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Getting Boys Into Reading: Ideas, Books & Resources

Getting Boys Into Reading: Ideas, Books & Resources | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Before sharing a list of specific hints, here is what I see as four fundamental building blocks to get boys reading..."

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Trevor shares his insight and tips on helping boys to become readers.

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Boys' Book Bloggers

Boys' Book Bloggers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Today I'm listing websites that promote books for boys. Most are blog sites. One is a "hotlist" of links to sites related to literature appealing to boys. As usual, I welcome all comments, additions and updates to this list, which will, eventually, have its own page on this blog site."

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Great Books for Boys | Kidsreads

Great Books for Boys | Kidsreads | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Founder Carol Fitzgerald frequently has been told by mothers how difficult it is to get their sons to read. Some are busy participating in sports and other extracurricular activities, watching television, playing video games and surfing the Internet, while others simply don't like to read, no matter how much free time they may have.

This inspired her to enlist her son Cory, an avid reader, to compile a list of books that he thinks are great reads for boys. Included are series titles and stand-alone fiction that cover a variety of genres: fantasies, mysteries, thrillers, action/adventure novels and historical fiction. While many of these selections also will appeal to girls, they especially will capture the attention of boys, who often are much more reluctant readers."

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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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Reaching Those Resistant Readers | Fun, Fast-Paced Fiction

Reaching Those Resistant Readers | Fun, Fast-Paced Fiction | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
"Hybrid novels–part text, part graphics–have convinced many reluctant readers that library shelves hold books that speak to them. But when these children and teens are ready to take a leap into titles with a bit more text,where do we–and they–go?
The books listed here will provide guidance. They feature clear narratives that quickly draw readers into the action and are supported by snappy dialogue that helps move the stories along. Add to that appealing protagonists, attractive covers, and layouts that feature generous print size and plenty of white space, and bingo, you have something to hand to the hard-to-please. A few series titles and sequels are included to keep them reading once they’re hooked."
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Marita Thomson's curator insight, December 17, 2012 5:34 PM

An interesting list for early teens and younger. Some well known and respected authors here and some new to me.

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140+ Books for the Boys of YA

140+ Books for the Boys of YA | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"...we’d like to present this wall of over 140 books that we think will speak to the boys of YA. They’re full of adventure, magic, real-world issues, and romance. Some of them are even written by - *gasp* - women. They give us all kinds of male figures: strong, brave, struggling, emotional, confused, and yes - even a few great role models. Most of all, they give us great stories for any reader -- almost all of these books appeal to us as adult women even though we are probably not the target audience from a marketing perspective. That being said, while we do think that there will always be outlier readers who feel comfortable reading anything and everything (and we love them for it), we also realize that it might be a struggle to hand-sell a book with a girl in a dress on the cover or a romance-driven plot to the "average" boy. We'd love to think of this list as a tool for educators, librarians, parents, and teens to find a great read for the boys in their lives, but anyone who enjoys a great story will find something in this wall of books."

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The Need for Big Books: A Top "Ten" List by Stephanie Severson

The Need for Big Books: A Top "Ten" List by Stephanie Severson | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"I read a lot about reluctant readers and how to get boys to read.  This is definitely an issue I see in my classroom.  However, I have also encountered the opposite problem -- the boys that burn through books...

This is my go-to list of long books for voracious readers who happen to be boys…"

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Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: Top ten books

Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: Top ten books | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

Australian authors of Children's and Young Adult fiction share their favourite teen / YA books.

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What are the best books for gamers?

What are the best books for gamers? | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"How can I survive the summer without Skyrim and Assassin's Creed? The Book Doctor recommends great fantasy books for the beach to a game obsessed 12-year-old"

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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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Books for Boys that Aren't “Books for Boys” | The Hub

Books for Boys that Aren't “Books for Boys” | The Hub | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"I realized it doesn’t matter if a book is “for” a guy or a girl; the gender of the intended audience tends to get all mixed up when you factor in the power of a good story. Boys like stories; girls like stories. Readers in general like stories. We need to forget what we think about boys and reading and find them the stories they want."

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 2, 2014 4:18 AM

Interesting article about boys and reading. 

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Maggie Lyons Blog: MG Fiction for Reluctant Readers - Part 2

Maggie Lyons Blog: MG Fiction for Reluctant Readers - Part 2 | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"I asked readers in my network to recommend books suitable for reluctant middle-grade readers and they came up with quite a few interesting titles. Many or most of these titles have appeal for boys, who, on average, tend to be less interested in reading than girls."

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ALA 2013: Attracting Reluctant Male Readers

ALA 2013: Attracting Reluctant Male Readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"B.A. Binns is the first speaker.  She is a writer of books about real boys and blogs for YALSA Hub. [post speaker note: she was very engaging and interesting.]Reading is not normal.  We learn to walk without being taught to walk, but reading is simply not a survival factor."

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Becky's overview of the ALA 2013 presentation on "Attracting Reluctant Male Readers"

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MIND MELD: Science Fiction / Fantasy Book Recommendations for Teens 13-16

MIND MELD: Science Fiction / Fantasy Book Recommendations for Teens 13-16 | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
A great list of YA science fiction and fantasy books for reluctant (and not so reluctant) readers selected by panelists, including popular YA authors.
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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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Ask Lorna: thrillers to satisfy teenage boys - Telegraph

Ask Lorna: thrillers to satisfy teenage boys - Telegraph | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"As a schoolteacher friend told me this week, no matter how much you might try to promote stand-alone books, it’s the series novels that really inspire devotion, whether Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider, Joe Craig’s genetically modified assassin Jimmy Coates or Michael Grant’s Gone, the latest craze, set in a world in which the adults have mysteriously vanished – surely the ultimate teenage fantasy."

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Series books are very popular with boys and often continue to be when they are adults, eg recent post in The Gadsden Times - "David Murdock: Reading series books a pleasure, fiction or non-fiction."  http://bit.ly/VlFkiR

Lorna Bradbury also recommends recent solo thrillers.

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Books Guys Dig

"Over the past year or so I’ve been working especially hard on trying to turn more of my male students into lifelong readers.  Too many of them fake read or doodle or try to goof around during SSR.  So I’ve been making a conscious effort to read more guy friendly young adult novels to include in my classroom library.  These have been the most successful.  Also, if you know of any other young adult novels that are popular with boys, please let me know.  This is a forever work in progress."

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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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