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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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David M. Daniel's curator insight, June 19, 2013 2:43 PM

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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Heather Stapleton's comment, December 23, 2012 8:50 PM
Male reading role models are important. In this post, fathers discuss reading with their children and writing for them too.
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Jordan Brown: Writing for Boys

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"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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Meet The 16-Year-Old Book Reviewer

Meet The 16-Year-Old Book Reviewer | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Robby Auld came onto my radar when he reviewed my book for The Nervous Breakdown, writing one of the most thoughtful assessments of my memoir to date. I couldn't help wanting to know more about the kid who cracked the literary scene.
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Reading Matters Years 9 and 10

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"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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The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
It is not only the act of writing that is changing. It’s reading, too. Stein points to a 10-year-old he met in London recently. The boy reads for a bit, goes to Google when he wants to learn more about a particular topic, chats online with his friend who are reading the same book, and then goes back to reading.
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Engaging Boys in Literacy

"Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys."

 

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New link for this video is https://global.oup.com/education/searchresults?search_input=engaging+boys+in+literacy++video+&region=international#

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, February 27, 2013 3:13 AM
This is a great article.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 1, 2013 9:02 AM

Boys love book club!  Teaching wilderness skills by reading Swiss Family Robinson!  

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Tips to help boys

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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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Heather Stapleton's comment, December 30, 2012 6:17 PM
Interesting post about boys and reading from an author's perspective.
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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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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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Hooking Reluctant Readers

In this article, Kimberly Dana shares tips designed to help writers help young children, tweens, and teens to enjoy reading.
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HEROES KS3 books for boys

"HEROES is a new series of short, original fiction books (novels and plays), created with series editor Frank Cottrell Boyce. They are books boys will not be able to put down from epic stories of villians, crime, horror and adventure!"

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