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Tips: Making the Most of Your Booktalks

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"Here are some tips for making the most of your booktalks. These tips will work with students at any grade level."

 

Great way to promote reading!

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Loved this, thanks!
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Welcome to Boys and Reading! 

 

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Want to get boys reading? Provide them with fewer books

Want to get boys reading? Provide them with fewer books | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Martin Jeeps, head of English at The Fulham Boys School, has led a move to reduce the number of books in his school library. Here he explains why.
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As Martin explains, "Now, obviously, this strategy suits the fact that, at present, we only have Year 7 boys". Having a separate section for series may be the answer for a school with a number of year levels.

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5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book

5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.
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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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How do we get more boys reading? (Clue: 'boy books' aren't the answer.)

How do we get more boys reading? (Clue: 'boy books' aren't the answer.) | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"The Let Books Be Books campaign has attracted much media coverage and high profile support, but labelling books ‘for boys’ is sometimes defended as a useful tool for getting boys to read. Tricia Lowther argues that gendering reading doesn’t help literacy, and may even be harming boys’ chances."

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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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Inside author Andy Griffiths' joyously silly wonderland

Inside author Andy Griffiths' joyously silly wonderland | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

 

"He wants to get away from the 'bum' and 'poo' books he's sold millions of, but Andy Griffiths' army of young fans can rest assured his imagination-stretching tales will always go to the limits of good taste, writes Lisa Clausen."

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Enjoy A Book: Remedies for Reluctant Readers

Enjoy A Book: Remedies for Reluctant Readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"A book review blog with a literacy lean. Contemporary young adult, middle-grade, nonfiction, literary fiction--there's something here for everyone!"

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Great posts on promoting reading, literacy, book reviews, readers advisory and more!

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Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, January 18, 12:41 AM

I love reading yet I have grandchildren who don't enjoy it. And I know there are children and adults everywhere like that. So this blog might be of help. Also those wishing to improve their English and looking for books that will reward their effort.

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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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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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Using technology to engage reluctant readers

Using technology to engage reluctant readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"There’s been some recent research from the National Literacy Trust showing that more and more children are reading from the screen of an electronic device rather than from books. Surprising? Not really. When you consider that many schools offer students daily computer access and have other types of technology such as tablets and interactive whiteboards, it appears to make sense. The study shows, however, that this penchant for digital reading is “potentially detrimental to children’s reading levels”. So should we try and curb children’s enthusiasm for electronic texts?"

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Janet Law's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:22 AM

This is a good read to start reflecting on how technology can cater to learning needs of diverse learners. Like it or not, technology is here to stay. As educators and parents, we have to be open minded about what really engages our children and facilitate their learning with access to these media whilst being aware of the pitfalls too and guide them as this new generation navigates their journey of learning.

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Tips: Making the Most of Your Booktalks

Tips: Making the Most of Your Booktalks | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Here are some tips for making the most of your booktalks. These tips will work with students at any grade level."

 

Great way to promote reading!

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BJ Neary's comment, October 8, 2012 7:27 PM
Loved this, thanks!
Heather Stapleton's comment, October 8, 2012 8:22 PM
Same - thanks for the comment. :)
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The Reading Rules | bigbookcase

The Reading Rules | bigbookcase | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

Australian teacher librarian Karen Powers excellent tips on "everything you need to know about turning your child into a reader".  Her blog also includes book reviews and top 10 booklists.

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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 get Children Reading for Pleasure

How to get Children Reading for Pleasure | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"This UKEdChat session explored how teachers encourage children to read for pleasure, looking at strategies that work in all educational settings."

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Top 10 Ways to Get a Middle School Student to Want to Read by Meredith Daniels

Top 10 Ways to Get a Middle School Student to Want to Read by Meredith Daniels | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Middle school students are known for being picky.  Along with being picky, this age group very rarely wants to read 'assigned books'. Here are the Top 10 ways to get your middle school students to read"

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Reluctant readers get in the game with books about sport - Sydney Morning Herald

Reluctant readers get in the game with books about sport - Sydney Morning Herald | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Tales of glory and dashed dreams on the sportsfield may be the key to get children wary of books to take up reading, writes Karen Hardy.
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Includes excellent tips from author Deborah Abela on how to get your kids reading.

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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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Girl books vs Boy books

Girl books vs Boy books | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Authors Kirsty Murray and Myke Bartlett discuss the role gender plays in what young people choose to read.
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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, 4:18 AM

Interesting article about boys and reading. 

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How to teach… reading for pleasure

How to teach… reading for pleasure | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"The link between reading for fun and educational success is well established, but how can teachers get reluctant readers into books?"

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Links to resources from the Teacher Network, The Guardian.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 18, 2013 2:05 AM

This is full of useful ideas and resources. 

Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:16 PM

An excellent resource for teachers as it focuses on reluctant readers and those from illiterate or non reading homes.

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The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Yes, strong literacy skills help students get good grades and, eventually, good jobs. But schools shouldn't forget to emphasize the joy of getting lost in a book.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 16, 2013 6:49 AM

and this is where your school librarian fits in...

BJ Neary's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:18 PM

A great article, let kids read what they want and it will benefit them throughout their lives.

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Education World: Male Teachers Show That Real Men Read

Education World: Male Teachers Show That Real Men Read | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Posters showing men reading and talking about the benefits of reading can encourage more boys to pick up books."

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Connor McDade's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:39 PM

This article features an initiative called "Real Men Read." Simply by creating posters showing real men of different backgrounds and appearances reading, the campaign attacks misconceptions regarding literacy and masculinity. The system started by first capturing male faculty and teachers reading, yet it has expanded to include a wide range of men worthy of being role models. By debunking the myth that literacy is not masculine, the campaign celebrates male readership, one teacher at a time, with specifically disciplinary examples of literacy. One middle school even bought hundreds of graphic novels to try and hook more boys on reading. Boys, who often struggle with attention span, can grow to hate reading, yet literacy is a key component to education, particularly those that seek further education after grade school.

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To encourage boys' reading, look to book clubs

To encourage boys' reading, look to book clubs | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Boys prove to be more eager readers when it's a social activity. Some area elementary schools have introduced reading clubs after noticing boys' scores on school reading assessments lagged behind those of girls.

 

...Children's authors and book publishers, as well as librarians and teachers, have responded by producing and stocking more boy-friendly materials, including action-adventure, humor and literary nonfiction."


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Megan Hall's curator insight, June 9, 2013 4:27 PM

ideas to get boys into the library more

Theresa Peak Mosier's curator insight, October 26, 2013 9:17 PM

Boys, here are some great reasons to be part of the Fisher Book Club!

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12 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers

12 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
"Here are a dozen strategies to motivate reluctant readers, and none of them involves stickers, certificates, or pizza. External rewards may work in the short term, but if you really want students to love reading you have to look for other options. Since this is just a quick overview, you’ll notice that some strategies contain links to additional sources that you can explore later"
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