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Tips, ideas and strategies to inspire more boys to read.
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Kids & Family Reading Report

"In late 2015, Scholastic, in conjunction with YouGov, conducted a survey to explore family attitudes and behaviours in Australia around reading books for fun. The key findings of this research, based on a nationally representative sample of 1,748 parents and children, including 358 parents of children aged 0–5; 695 parents of children aged 6–17; plus one child aged 6–17 from the same household, are as follows ..."

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Included in the key findings - "An overwhelming majority of kids aged 6–17 agree that their favourite books—and the ones they are most likely to finish—are the ones they pick out themselves".
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The importance of instilling a need to read

The importance of instilling a need to read | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"The resources we have to inspire young people’s reading are greater and more profound than ever before. If we make the most of them, the results will be extraordinary for individuals and for society. And for the disadvantaged young people the NLT works with, reading is no less than a lifeline."

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Resources for Working with Reluctant Readers

Resources for Working with Reluctant Readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Are guys reluctant readers? That question is debatable; the truth is some guys are and some guys aren't, just as some girls are and some girls aren't...

 

...People will read, when they find something they connect with. Our job as librarians (and teachers and parents) is to help them make those connections.  Here are some resources that can help you do that."

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One of a number of posts from the fantastic Teen Librarian Toolbox blog on "reluctant readers".

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Jordan Brown: Writing for Boys

Jordan Brown: Writing for Boys | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"If a boy is told that reading a graphic novel isn't real reading--if reading is seen as work or punishment--who's going to start to think of something as enjoyment. If boys don't develop a love of reading, they're not going to get to any of those other books that people want them to read."

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Boy Books or Girl Books

Boy Books or Girl Books | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Shannon Hale offers insight (and, for this reader, at least, a touch of heartbreak) in her post, Why Boys Don't Read Girls (Sometimes). It's about boys reading “girl” books. A lot is written about reading, and boys reading, and girls reading. (See my post from a few months back, Boys, Girls, Books, for instance).

Hale addresses a specific issue: boys being taught by society that some books are too “girly” for them, that books are indeed either “girl books” or “boy books” and that this artificially keeps boys from reading books they would otherwise like."

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The (Reluctant) Reader’s Bill of Rights

The (Reluctant) Reader’s Bill of Rights | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
I love Daniel Pennac’s Reader’s Bill of Rights. In case you haven’t seen it in a while (as if you don’t already keep a copy in your back pocket at all times) here it is: 1. ...

 

The post and comments were written a few years ago but still very relevant.  Daniel Pennac's 'The rights of the reader' poster is freely available to download in pdf format from Walker Books -  http://www.walker.co.uk/bookshelf/the-rights-of-the-reader-poster.aspx

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Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day

Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

Here, we outline six elements of instruction that every child should experience every day. Each of these elements can be implemented in any district and any school, with any curriculum or set of materials, and without additional funds. All that's necessary is for adults to make the decision to do it.


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Top 5 Reasons to Let Kids Choose Their Own Books

Top 5 Reasons to Let Kids Choose Their Own Books | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Over the past 18 years, I’ve done my share of “traditional” teaching:  I chose a book, I decided how many pages my students would read each night, I wrote questions to see if they read the book..."

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How to Get Boys Reading Perhaps

How to Get Boys Reading Perhaps | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Today I was asked how I get my boys reading, and while I am not an expert, and some of them still don’t read as much I would love them to, I do have a few ideas.  (And yes, many of these apply to the girls as well)."

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Excellent tips from Pernille Ripp on encouraging boys (and girls) to read.

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BOOKMATCH: Scaffolding Independent Book Selection

This lesson will be turning heads and pages as students learn how to choose appropriate books for independent reading exercises and later evaluate their choices.
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New Teen Books = The Hook

New Teen Books = The Hook | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"As of right now, I have a book club formed with my students from tenth to twelve grade. They pick the books and we read them. Actually, they take turns choosing the books with the promise that we will finish any book that has been picked out of respect for the picker. In my place of work, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be trusted. I asked for a set of books, and if the budget allows, they are purchased. My closet consists of wonderful, new fiction and nonfiction that is written for a 21st century teenager."

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Books boys can't resist

Books boys can't resist | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Of all the conference speakers, Danny Brassell offered some of the most concrete strategies to engage boy readers with his “Ten Ways to Get Boys Reading.” Brassell, a former teacher and administrator and a professor in the Teacher Education...

 

Danny Brassel also wrote the post "Avoiding the Summer Slide" featured in an earlier scoop.

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Michael Rosen: Reading for Pleasure Conference - first impressions

Michael Rosen: Reading for Pleasure Conference - first impressions | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

Michael Rosen gives wise commentary on some of the issues raised at this conference.
"... if you connect a reading for enjoyment programme across a whole school, connecting it to sheer volume of reading AND to rewards and awards decided by the authority of the school - no matter how kind or well-meaning - then the emphasis in the children's minds will not be on the two key aspects of reading that, I would say, would impact on writing: a) personal unravelling of meaning through silent reading b) open-ended, unrewarded, ungraded talk."


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Boys' Learning

Boys' Learning | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
I have watched many boys learn to loathe reading as it becomes a 'sore hand' activity when their teachers expect them to WRITE in response to everything that they read. They are forced to read guided texts that bore them on ...
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What do you think about independent reading?

What do you think about independent reading? | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

A lot of people—teachers included—like the idea of independent reading, or as it is sometimes called, sustained silent reading (SSR).  But when they see it in practice— well, it just doesn’t look like learning is supposed to look. Here’s the secret not everyone knows: independent reading is a key component of good teaching. Sure, the classroom may seem quiet, the students relaxed, but important work is going on inside the children’s heads. They are learning how to become good readers.


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