Basic and advanced tips for parents on encouraging reading in their child. Includes a video of a mother, Eden, explaining "how she gets her son, who would rather play video games, involved in reading—tricky!"
There's some indication already that kids are more interested in reading on e-readers and iPads than reading print copies (57% of kids age nine to 17 say they're interested in reading via e-books, and a third say they'd read more for fun if they...
Tough-shelled, 'mediocre students' can find characters whose lives reflect their own. By Matt de la Peña.
Matt was one of the debaters on the panel for the topic, "The Power of Young Adult Fiction - Why have young adult books become so popular so quickly, even with not-so-young adults?" The debate created interesting responses and great discussion on reading and young adult fiction.
“I think it’s important for our society to recognize young adults as a marketable group in the first place, and use that to bring attention to the literature,” Roy says. “It gets them interested in reading, and it gives us an access point to celebrate literature with young people.”
"If you love detective novels, you have probably read some of James Patterson's Alex Cross or Women's Murder Club novels. If you have teens in the house, they might have read his Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard or Daniel X books. His mysteries and thrillers have topped the best-seller lists for years. In fact, he holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the most hardcover fiction best-selling titles by one author (63!).
The man is a writing powerhouse, and now, because he is so passionate about books and reading, this award-winning author has created a website recommending great books for kids."
"Since struggling readers often complain that they can’t see or visualize text, the graphic element of these books helps readers connect and comprehend the material in a way not possible with traditional literature. Gorman notes, 'graphic novels can serve as an intermediary for a teen [or adult] who would rather be watching television than reading a book'.”
"For those of you who “Like” Ties to Literacy on Facebook, you are familiar with A Boy’s Bookshelf and its focus on books, authors, and other reading material you might find on a boy’s bookshelf. I have decided to dedicate a weekly blog post to A Boy’s Bookshelf because I am so often asked for recommendations of books and reading material for boys..."
"Thinking of how to write a Nerdy Book Club post on the topic of “pay it forward” required some thought of what that meant. First I thought of how literacy impacted my life as a child. I had wonnderful teachers..."
"It goes without saying, especially because of the intellectual and educational value of reading, that finding books that actually engross a boy, that they want to talk about, and that they might even read again, well, that is a dream come true to many parents."
"The relationship between gender and reading is a topic that interests me greatly, but I found many of these conversations extremely frustrating because they never seemed to move beyond gender essentialism. The assumptions behind most of them were that boys and girls “naturally” have completely different interests; that “boys” and “girls” are homogeneous categories and that gender trumps any other factors such as socioeconomic background, ethnicity or sexual orientation (not to mention, you know, personality); and that what’s scaring teen boys away from reading..."
"My point is that the world of viable literature is much wider than you might think – and your reader might be missing out on something wonderful! After all, studies show that boys (who are much more likely to be reluctant readers) tend to prefer non-fiction, magazine articles, and comic books over material that we have classically categorized as 'acceptable literature'."
"I realize that different teachers will have different styles and also may be somewhat limited in what their schools will allow them to do. Given that, here are some things that worked for me in my classroom full of 13 to 19 year-old struggling and reluctant readers over a period of 15 years. Most of my students were boys."
This post prompted a lively discussion in response to the essay, "Boys and reading : is there any hope?", posted by NYT (see above). The writer states how the essay "focuses on the lack of books in the current YA market that feature material of interest to male readers" and refers to Saundra's response and her booklist (below). Readers were asked if there were any YA books suitable for boys.
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