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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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Welcome to Boys and Reading! 

 

Tip: When searching for specific articles, click on the ‘Search in Topic’ icon located on the top right of the screen to filter by tag, eg parent resources; or enter a keyword(s) into the search box.

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Tips to Get Kids Reading Resource

Tips to Get Kids Reading Resource | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"There have always been champions of literacy and promotions to increase reading but while they generate short term gains they’re never long lasting. But if you and I can create a super depository of tips that’s open to all we’ll be in a position where we can make constant improvements to students’ literacy (whoop-whoop!) " - Marcus Alexander 

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An excellent idea from Marcus!
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A Culture of Reading 

A Culture of Reading  | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
"If silent reading is a waste of time in your school, maybe it’s a culture problem, not a kid or reading problem. And I would offer the following questions as thinking points – just something to consider:"
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Power of Reading from a Reluctant Teenager

"What can reading do for us? It can do things that you wouldn’t ever imagine, changing your life for good. Discover the benefits of trying to read at least one book."

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Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens

Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Research shows that providing children with eReading devices can actually inhibit their reading.
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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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Reading for pleasure - a door to success

Reading for pleasure - a door to success | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Evidence indicates reading for pleasure improves literacy, social skills, health and learning outcomes. It also gives people access to culture and heritage and empowers them to become active citizens, who can contribute to economic and social development.
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How to inspire your teen to read

How to inspire your teen to read | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
" ... as kids get older and go to school, reading can be seen as work rather than fun -- and kids, especially teens, may stop reading for pleasure. Here are nine ways to get teens reading, either again or for the first time."
 
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The Impact of Assigned Reading on Reading Pleasure in Young Adults

The Impact of Assigned Reading on Reading Pleasure in Young Adults | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

Stacy Creel writes: "Modeling reading, sharing books with students, and giving students opportunities to share their choices are instrumental components of encouraging reading. In the case of this research, self-selection had a significant effect on whether or not students enjoyed the books they read for school. Since most students have access to classroom and school libraries, it is important that these collections appeal to their reading interests and offer a variety of resources to support self-selection."

 


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Margareta's curator insight, April 1, 2016 9:56 AM

Self-selection for reading is so critical in middle school. One of those children in the photo above was in my library yesterday, and was amazed that he could check out Unbroken for a reading project. "We just want you to read," his teacher and I told him. He was certain he could only read chapter books, after having that drummed into him in elementary school. Here's to a newly enthusiastic reader of narrative non-fiction! (And now that he knows what it's called, he'll have a much easier time finding what he likes in my library, a class library, or public library!)

Eric Coreas's curator insight, April 4, 2016 1:00 AM
In this article the writer talks about how students do better reading books they actually want to read instead of the ones they are assigned. Throughout the article the writer provides a lot of data that would be useful in a research topic like this one. I also agree with the writer about student reading what they want to read will make reading more fun and enjoyable. The writer’s audience would be school districts all over the country because students do not like getting assigned boring books to read. It ruins the purpose of reading if you do not want to read something you do not like. The writer’s main point would be that students should be allowed to read whatever they want so they can enjoy it. With this being said there would be more students reading as well. The website does not seem that credible but the information in this article can be useful for an essay.
nicole mcdonagh's curator insight, April 5, 2016 8:37 AM

Self-selection for reading is so critical in middle school. One of those children in the photo above was in my library yesterday, and was amazed that he could check out Unbroken for a reading project. "We just want you to read," his teacher and I told him. He was certain he could only read chapter books, after having that drummed into him in elementary school. Here's to a newly enthusiastic reader of narrative non-fiction! (And now that he knows what it's called, he'll have a much easier time finding what he likes in my library, a class library, or public library!)

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Kids Tell Us: "Why I Read"

We asked kids why they read...and their answers are magical. Help #sharepossible as we Open a World of Possible: www.scholastic.com/worldofpossible
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 23, 2016 12:21 PM
Children still read. Knowing what might motivate them is important.
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Turning Pages: Why girls read often and widely and boys don't

Turning Pages: Why girls read often and widely and boys don't | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"In the literary world, the perception still stands that girls will read all books, but boys will only read books designed for boys, with plenty of monsters and explosions ...

Binks and children's writers Sally Rippin and Myke Bartlett were on a panel at the recent Melbourne Writers Festival, where they agreed that encouraging boys to read was more a question of breaking down gender stereotypes than putting out yet more action-packed books with boy heroes." [Article published September 10, 2015]



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12 Ways to Nurture a Love of Reading

12 Ways to Nurture a Love of Reading | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

Nurturing a love for reading begins with providing reasons for reading and getting students excited about books.

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Why we should all be reading aloud to children | Rebecca Bellingham - TEDxTalks

Why we should all be reading aloud to children | Rebecca Bellingham - TEDxTalks | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Why should we keep reading aloud to kids even when they can already 'read on their own?' This talk demonstrates the magic of read aloud and reminds us all why reading aloud is so essential- at school and at home. This talk is for parents and teachers who want to teach comprehension and connect with kids in powerful ways." 

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How to get your boy reading

How to get your boy reading | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Boys are generally less enthusiastic than girls to spend their time reading – but all they need are a few bookworm male role models
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How to get kids to look away from their screens and take pleasure in books

How to get kids to look away from their screens and take pleasure in books | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Yes, it’s worth squeezing reading for fun into an already overpacked school-year schedule. Here are experts’ recommendations.
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Reading For Pleasure Is One Of The Clearest Markers For Positive Attainment – But Is It Something We Can Teach?

Reading For Pleasure Is One Of The Clearest Markers For Positive Attainment – But Is It Something We Can Teach? | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
"7 steps to help you develop a love of literature in pupils"
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How to get reluctant readers reading

Cressida Cowell talks about how to get reluctant readers interested in reading. The How to Train Your Dragon author also gives personal tips and advice.
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One Plus One: Andy Griffiths

One Plus One: Andy Griffiths | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Children’s author Andy Griffiths has converted countless reluctant readers with his madcap storylines and subversive humour. And he makes no apologies to the parents and librarians who may disapprove.
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Why reading books can help you become a better footballer

Why reading books can help you become a better footballer | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Ahead of Euro 2016 kicking off on Friday, children’s author and keen footballer Danny Scott on why books should be part of every footballer’s training regime
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Importance of reading from a sporting perspective.
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How To Get Kids Hooked On Books? 'Use Poetry. It Is A Surefire Way'

How To Get Kids Hooked On Books? 'Use Poetry. It Is A Surefire Way' | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander's new effort is a novel about a 12-year-old boy named Nick, written in verse. He says poetry is one key to keeping kids invested in what they're reading.
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Your son's hero: Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants is a controversial character.
One year he made it onto the Whitcoulls Top 100 Books for Kids list.
In the same year, the books also became some of the most-banned in US schools.
Like it or not, the series got young boys back into the library with the stories appealing to even the most reluctant of readers.
So how can a kid's book cause such a difference of opinion?

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Shelve paperbacks in favour of E-books in schools? - BBC News

Shelve paperbacks in favour of E-books in schools? - BBC News | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
E-books are making a big difference to the reading habits of young children, particularly boys
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How We Created A Community of Readers

How We Created A Community of Readers | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"We are a community of readers.  It snuck up on us as it usually does.  Last week, as my students sat with their chosen reading adventures and I tried to figure out who to confer with, I noticed the silence "

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"Celebrate a culture of reading to show students how reading can enrich all of our lives." One of many excellent suggestions by Pernille.

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On Being a Reluctant Reader

"When I was young, I hated reading. But with the help of a dedicated librarian, I discovered a Choose Your Own Adventure game book."

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4 minute talk by MetaWars author, Jeff Norton.

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Meet the New National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Meet the New National Ambassador for Young People's Literature | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"How can adults get kids more interested in reading? It’s a question that librarians, booksellers, educators and parents have been grappling with for decades. Today, the Library of Congress made a powerful suggestion, in naming a graphic novelist the national ambassador for young people’s literature for the very first time. Get the kids some comics."

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Establishing a Community of Readers by Brian Lawless

Establishing a Community of Readers by Brian Lawless | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
The more I read and reflected over the years, the more I determined that there are five essential elements of getting children excited about reading.  If these five elements are present and you are committed to upholding the integrity of each, the joy of reading will spread like wildfire.
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