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Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools
Ways and means of supporting and developing young adult readers.
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Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost

Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | 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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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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Why boys' literacy skills lag behind girls' and how to bridge the reading gap

Why boys' literacy skills lag behind girls' and how to bridge the reading gap | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Much of this is what we have been hearing forever, it seems, but make sure you get down to How To Bridge The Reading Gap. Noted literacy researcher, William Brozo, has some sensible ideas that work and are very replicable, including honouring personal choice of reading material.
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BookQuest: A reading adventure for boys

BookQuest: A reading adventure for boys | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

This program has been developed specifically for boys between the ages of 9 to 12, and will include the following elements :

• reflect their personal interests and their self-image

• involve action

• allow the boys to feel success through rewards and their relation to their peers

• be fun

• be focused on a purpose

• capture their imagination, often through superheroes and fantasy figures

• include a range of reading material from books to newspapers, magazines, comics, fiction and non-fiction

• involve technology.

 

Read the program proposal prepared for senior management of the Brisbane City Council Libraries by F. Berndt, K.Henry & A.Lagos...

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“What Can We Do With Children Who Don’t Read?” by Anthony Horowitz | The TeachingBooks.net Blog

“What Can We Do With Children Who Don’t Read?” by Anthony Horowitz | The TeachingBooks.net Blog | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

"So to answer my question, what to do with children who don’t read? Well, make sure they can read. Surround them with books. Read to them when they’re young. Make books part of their life. But beyond that I think we just have to let them get on with it. Let them play football, watch TV, hang out with their friends, whatever.... I just write and hope that kids will discover my books and that this will lead them on an amazing journey. But at the end of the day, the choice is theirs."


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Guest Post: Karen Rock on Let's Hear It for the Boy(s)!

Guest Post: Karen Rock on Let's Hear It for the Boy(s)! | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

A wise article about what works in YA fiction, with words from a number of authors, some new to me that I'll be following up.

Next step: Which Australian writers are producing books of this kind?

"Writing books that appeal to boys is a joy and a challenge.
Here are some “boots on the ground” perspectives from readers, teachers, and librarians, as well as invaluable insights shared by children’s authors Darren Shan, Ellen Hopkins, Tim Wynne-Jones, and break-out debut novelist, Scott Blagden on how to reach this important readership."


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Winning the reading war

Winning the reading war | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

"At school, reading books usually meant reading about characters I didn’t care about in situations that didn’t ignite my imagination. At home, my Dad tried to bribe me, offering an allowance based on a nightly page-count. He shared his childhood favourites like The Hardy Boys and the Tom Swift novels in an effort to inspire me through a type of intergenerational book club. I rarely made it past the first chapter of those books. They simply could not compete with the mythology and immersive worlds of the "Star Wars" films or even the "Transformers" television show.
But fortunately I did find my way into reading, and I can still clearly remember the two inflection points that fueled my transformation."

(The third factor implicit in this article is being given the opportunity to choose for oneself!)
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Boys Don't Read, Except When They Do

Boys Don't Read, Except When They Do | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
"Even when I hated to read, I was hungry for stories. I found them in places that weren't teacher-approved, but I found them just the same. Video games and television shows were filled with plot and conflict, character and emotion. I read Choose-Your-Own Adventures and X-Men comics and Nintendo Power Magazine and Zoobooks and I made up my own stories about the villains and the heroes, the far-flung places and wild animals. I never thought of anything I did as reading, and I never thought I was training myself for a life as a writer. But I was."
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Guys Lit Wire: The Reader's Advisory Guide to Nonfiction

Guys Lit Wire: The Reader's Advisory Guide to Nonfiction | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

"Neal Wyatt's book has chapters recommending books about sports, travel, true crime, true adventure, memoirs, history and biographies, 'general nonfiction', whatever that is, and so on. Science, mathematics, and nature writing are all dealt with in one chapter, as are food and cooking.

It was published in 2007, so you will not find the most recently published nonfiction in it. That is not a problem, in my opinion..."

Good review of this book, which goes on to demonstrate how the reviewer developed methods for updating.

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