Jody examines her thoughts about inspiring a reluctant reader. ... My reluctant-but-not-really-reluctant reader, Johnny, informed me the other day that he LOVES Gordon Korman. So much so, that he has read a number of ...
There are a number of interesting posts about reluctant readers on this blog, many featuring Johnny and his journey on becoming a not-so-reluctant reader. Primary school focus.
"It’s the start of a new year, and no matter what your choice of reading devices, getting the guys to read is a feat. The Muskogee Public Library has some suggestions to get them started. Finding the right book that is challenging and engaging is the key. Boys are free spirits and need the opportunity to choose what they want to read without judgment."
"In 2009 PISA conducted a groundbreaking survey of digital literacy among 15-year-old students. PISA wanted to find out whether boys and girls are as ready for the digital age as they—and we—think they are... [ http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/29/22/49442737.pdf ]
Perhaps the most interesting finding from this assessment has to do with the difference in digital literacy between girls and boys. Since the beginning of the PISA tests in 2000, girls have always scored higher in reading than boys–and by a substantial margin: the equivalent of one year of formal schooling. While this is still true for reading digital texts, the performance gap is significantly narrower: 24 score points compared with 38 score points in print reading.
A closer look at these results showed that there was a larger percentage of boys at the highest proficiency levels in digital reading than at the highest levels in print reading, and a smaller percentage of boys at the bottom proficiency levels in digital reading scale than at the bottom level in print reading."
"Author Walter Dean Myers is the nation's latest ambassador for young people's literature. The two-year post is something like a youth version of poet laureate. As a young man in Harlem, Myers hid his books so no one would know he liked to read. David Greene talks to Myers about his appointment and what he wants to accomplish."
Includes audio of interview with Walter Dean Myers.
"Walter Dean Myers, the author of "Fallen Angels," "Sunrise Over Fallujah," Monster," "Hoops" and other hard-hitting novels for youth, has been named the new national ambassador for children's literature. He succeeds Katherine Paterson ("A Bridge to Terabithia"), who had served in the spot since 2010."
@ALALibrary posts a list of books for reluctant young adult readers every year. The nominations for 2012 are up!
"The Quick Picks list, presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read."
AdLit.org's booklists are prepared by our literature advisors and are chosen to engage reluctant or struggling readers. Browse our lists below for history, mystery, fantasy, nonfiction, short stories, poetry, and more. Sometimes it just takes one great book to turn a kid into a reader!
"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!"
"As a mother, what struck me most was just how passionate these kids are about reading. Several of them told me they’d never read an entire book or a series of books before Percy Jackson came into their lives." - Rock Center correspondent, Kate Snow, writes about her interview with Rick Riordan and the popularity of the Percy Jackson series. Kate Snow's full report can be viewed below in "The Gift".
"I try to write for all kids, even the reluctant readers. I was a reluctant reader. I'm the father of two reluctant readers. My heart goes out to the kids who've never found a book they truly enjoyed, because I was one of those kids for a long time " - Rick Riordan
"James Patterson is making news again—this time for an op-ed piece he wrote last week for CNN.com, urging parents to find books that will get their kids reading.
We caught up with the award-winning author of the popular "Maximum Ride" and "Alex Cross" series (both Little, Brown) to talk about his very important personal campaign, why he's doing it, and the interesting—and exciting—work that we can expect from this prolific writer starting this December." - SLJ
"Supports for teacher teams to conduct inquiry into teaching and assessment strategies and classroom practice for improving boys' literacy achievement. The resources are designed to help teachers make a positive impact on the learning environment and the reading experience for all students."
Includes video "Read Anything Good Lately? Boys, Books and Reading" - middle-school boys discussing books and their reading preferences.
"It's not that boys can't read, they just don't. Study after study reveals that boys read less than girls. And according to the U.S. Department of Education, school-age boys tend to read a grade and a half lower than girls. How can librarians get guys to turn the page? For starters, we need to move beyond our traditional "here's a book you're going to love" approach. That strategy may work fine with some kids, but it's a tough sell to most boys."
Article originally posted 08/01/2004 but still relevant.