Pennsylvania School Library Association Presents. Books for Boys. By Kim Deniker May 3, 2008. Statistics.
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Books for Boys
By Kim Deniker
May 3, 2008
Becoming a reader has little to do with reading difficult books and everything to do with the amount of reading a boy does. Let the boys choose books that are below, even well below their reading level. If they choose books that are very easy, he may be feeling unsure of their abilities and are looking for some reassurance that they can read and enjoy it. This is called regression, and it is perfectly normal. What you don't want to happen is for them to give up on reading altogether for any amount of time; it may be very hard to get them reading again.
As much as possible, let boys choose the books they wants to read for pleasure, it will fight the impression that reading is a chore that is imposed on them. They might choose the same types of books, even the same books over and over again. They are showing signs of regression . They might choose books that make you crazy: books that center on action and even violence, books that are gross and humor that is edgy. They is testing the limits of their freedom and your forbearance. This too is perfectly normal. Try to remember that they are exposed to these types of things from the media all the time, and that they will deal with such things better in context, that is, in a book.
Reading is hard for many boys, but stories are still appealing. Share the reading, so he only has to do half the work. If the reading is too hard but the story is too good, just read it to him. Listening to things being read encourages boys to read.
Even when you are not reading to boys, make sure they see you read, especially you and other students! Men have been trained to read in isolation, either because that is natural for the women who educated us, or because we felt uncomfortable being seen reading. Break the cycle! Men need to Read in front of boys, your own and anyone else's. Boys need to see men with books.
Reading is just part of a rich life of the mind. Show the same respect for that world as you do for the more physical world (sports, outdoors, etc.). Involve yourself and your male students in library and school activities, chess and other challenging mental games, crossword puzzles, and the like. The mind needs to be exercised just like the muscles.
These are all good starts to family literacy.
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Book Three:Hunting the Hunter
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Book Three: Escape.
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