Erinn Batykefer, MLIS

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GUYS READ

Our mission is to motivate boys to read by connecting them with materials they will want to read, in ways they like to read.

GUYS READ is a fantastic site created by Jon Scieszka (the author of the Stinky Cheese Man and other delightful kids’ books).  It has a ton of great kits and resources for librarians, teachers, booksellers, etc. to connect boys with books they will actually like, and to make reading a club just for guys.

According to the site, “the U.S. Department of Education reading tests for the last 30 years show boys scoring worse than girls in every age group, every year” and cites some possible reasons for this upsetting trend, including the fact that “Many books boys are asked to read don’t appeal to them” and “Boys don’t have enough positive male role models for literacy.”

Guys Read is working to change that. A few highlights from the site:

  • Tons of book lists (arranged by categories like “Robots” and “Classics that actually hold up”) and book-of-the-month features + reviews by guys who read.
  • Guys Read Library of Great Reading: Collections of short stories edited by Jon Scieszka and “Guys Read approved.”  The first volume, “Funny Business” includes 10 original short stories by popular authors like Eoin Colfer and Adam Rex.
  • Guys Read Field Office:  Offers an easy way to form a Guys Read book club just for guys that includes a charter and lots of ways to connect with other Field Offices to share what you’re reading and loving (or hating).
  • Free downloads for bookmarks and bookplates that identify the “Guys Read Approved” titles in your collection.
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This entry was posted on May 2, 2012 by in Reader's Advisory.
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