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by Miriam Downey 13. February 2014 08:22

My 14-year-old grandson is a reader. Always has been. You never see him without a book at his side. He likes science fiction, fantasy, and the dystopian novels that were featured on the last blog posting. On the other hand my 16-year-old grandson, who is far more visual, only likes to read graphic novels and anime. You might have noticed a similar phenomenon with the boys that you know. Boys tend to read differently than girls, and there is significant research that shows that boys are reading less all the time. Test scores in reading are echoing the research. On a brighter note, current research also shows that boys will read if they can find reading materials that interest them.

The research shows that most boys like practical, useful information. Girls are much more likely to read stories. There is an excellent guide to improving boys' literacy skills published by the Ontario Department of Education. You can find it here. The guide has a lot of practical advice for educators and parents. Here is another summary of the research in education that has a lot of good information as well as good advice for parents and others who encourage boys to read.

 

Most of you know the author Jon Scieszka because you and your kids have read The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Math Curse. Currently he is serving as the National Ambassador of Young People's Literature. He is the sponsor of a webpage about books for boys called Guys Read. It is a web-based literacy program, and it has a wealth of information and huge lists of books that boys will want to read. For instance, the featured book is called Locomotive by Brian Floca, which is the Caldecott Medal winner for 2014. Floca also wrote another guy-friendly book called Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11.

I am not going to make a list of books this week. You will find plenty of book suggestions on the Guys Read website. I will close by referring you to some postings from past months that have lists of books that boys like.

Dystopian Novels for Teens

Great Sports Biographies

To Infinity and Beyond: Books about Space and Astronomy

Graphic Novels for Middle and High School Students

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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