I wanted to spend this week covering books and reading strategies for reluctant boy readers and I had all these great posts that I found during the past year stored up, so here they are! This was a great post by The Hate Mongering Tart about writer Andy Sherrod. Andy not only gives tips about how to engage boys as readers but also gives book suggestions coupled with research.
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“The first thing Andy talked about was ACTIVE LITERACY. He said that a lot of guys have no problem reading the sports section or a magazine, but that doesn’t have a narrative. There is no plot to get mired in, to compel you further into the story. And in what might be deemed slightly controversial by comic book fans, Andy said, “I am not against graphic novels. They’re a great entry into reading, but it should go beyond that.” He has a point though — and I kind of agree. Graphic novels do get kids to pick up a book. But there are other ways to get reluctant readers into books as well …
Children’s Author Andy Sherrod’s Book Picks for Boys Who Hate to Read
And here is the list of books that Andy suggests:
#1: Have a boy(ish) protagonist
*Andy also cited a Georgia study that concluded that the gender of the protagonist is not the key to getting boys interested in a story — the activity or the action is.
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
#2: Approach problem solving like a dude
*In a University of New Hampshire study, Andy said, boys liked books where the protagonists acted alone and went to unfamiliar territories, while girls preferred books where the characters acted in a group in more familiar territories.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Voyage (Chronicles of Courage series) by Michelle Torrey
Small White Scar by K. A. Nuzum
#3: Emotional authenticity
Andy says that yes, guys have emotions. It just is uncomfortable sometimes for them to show emotion, and to read heavily emotional scenes.
According to Andy, guys want to be actively learning when they read.
Guts by Gary Paulsen
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen
Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives (series) by Michelle Torrey
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