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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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Best of teacher HELPLINE: how can I turn my reluctant readers into literature lovers?

Best of teacher HELPLINE: how can I turn my reluctant readers into literature lovers? | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Teachers share strategies on how to get reluctant readers loving books.
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Sir Writesalot | Laura Mizvaria : How to Hook a Reader

Sir Writesalot | Laura Mizvaria : How to Hook a Reader | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"I think what most of these opening lines have in common is that they spark curiosity. Of course, there is a difference between making a reader being curious, and making a reader having no idea what is going on. If you readers don’t understand a thing, it won’t make them curious—it will just send them away confused. They won’t want to know more simply because of a lack of information, they will want to know more because the information you have given them has peaked their interested while expressing that there is still more to be seen. The reader should be enticed to find out more about the character and the situation, and should be asking, 'what will happen next?'"

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Teens prefer the printed page to ebooks

Teens prefer the printed page to ebooks | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
You’d think teenagers would shun traditional print books for e-readers. But the latest survey says that’s not true…
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Martine Vanderborght's curator insight, December 17, 2014 6:37 AM

I also prefer a traditional print book, the feeling, the smell!

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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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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 3, 2014 5:20 PM

Let's get to challenging our boys (and girls) to read!

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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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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, 2014 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

Via Marita Thomson
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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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For the love of reading : engaging students in a lifelong pursuit

For the love of reading : engaging students in a lifelong pursuit | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
What prompts a teen to choose reading over a different activity during her leisure time? Several factors would contribute, surely. Reading will hold little appeal if a student has trouble decoding or has problems with comprehension.

But what if a student is a fluent decoder and generally understands texts that she tackles? What if she just doesn’t often choose to read? What might be done to motivate her, both at school and at home?
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No girls allowed: reading is a boys-only club in Australian schools

No girls allowed: reading is a boys-only club in Australian schools | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Australian author Will Kostakis writes on the sexist perception that books about girls should only be read by girls, while boys about boys can be enjoyed by all genders.
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How To Read: Step by Step Instructions to Pleasure Reading

How To Read: Step by Step Instructions to Pleasure Reading | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it
Reading for your own enjoyment takes practice. I know it sounds a little crazy– but folks practice their hobbies all the time and why should recreational reading be any different? It can be hard today to turn off distractions and just read. So here is a practical guide; follow it and you will soon find yourself enjoying reading.
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Dear Well Meaning Adult, Here’s how to buy books for teens on your list. — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox

Dear Well Meaning Adult, Here’s how to buy books for teens on your list. — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox | Boys and Reading | Scoop.it

"Maybe you’re a relative, maybe you’re a friend, but no matter what, it is so awesome that you want to buy books for teens this holiday season. If you don’t mind, can I give you a few tips about how to buy books that these teens that you so clearly care about will actually read and enjoy? It won’t take long, I promise. I know you’re busy."

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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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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, 2014 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.