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pennsylvania school library association presents

Pennsylvania School Library Association Presents

Books for Boys

By Kim Deniker

May 3, 2008

statistics
Statistics
  • Young male readers lag behind their female counterparts. According to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) in 2001, fourth-grade girls in all of the 30 plus participating countries scored higher in reading literacy than fourth-grade boys by a statistically significant amount.
  • Jon Scieszka, author of children’s books such as The Stinky Cheese Man and the Time Warp Trio series, believes that boys are slower to develop than girls biologically and therefore often have early struggles with reading and writing skills. On his website (www.guysread.com), he also says that the male way of learning, which tends to be action oriented and competitive, works against boys in many classrooms.
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/gendergap/index.html
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Searching for “WHY”
  • Why does this disparity exist? Theories abound. According to Michael W. Smith and Jeffrey D. Wilhelm in Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men (Heinemann, 2002), research on gender and literacy provides some interesting insights:
    • Boys take longer to learn to read than girls do.
    • Boys read less than girls read.
    • Girls tend to comprehend narrative texts and most expository texts significantly better than boys do.
    • Boys value reading as an activity less than girls do.
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According to a national survey conducted by the Young Adult Library Services Association in 2001, boys of an average age of 14 listed their top obstacles to reading:
    • Boring/no fun 39.3%
    • No time/too busy 29.8%
    • Like other activities better 11.1%
    • Can’t get into the stories 7.7%
    • I’m not good at it 4.3%
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An area that seems to be critical to stimulating reading success among young male readers is the choice of materials. According to Smith and Wilhelm in Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men, boys differ from girls in the choices they make of reading material.
  • Boys …
    • are more inclined to read informational texts, magazines, and newspaper articles.
    • are more inclined to read graphic novels and comic books.
    • tend to resist reading stories about girls, whereas girls do not tend to resist reading stories about boys.
    • like to read about hobbies, sports, and things they might do or be interested in doing.
    • like to collect things and tend to like to collect series of books.
    • read less fiction than girls.
    • tend to enjoy escapism and humor, and some boys are passionate about science fiction or fantasy.
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Tips for encouraging boys to read:

Five Suggestions

from

Michael

Sullivan:

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#1
  • Take It Easy: 

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. 

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#2
  • Let Him Choose: 

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.

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#3
  • Read with him: 

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.

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#4
  • Model Good Reading:

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.

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#5
  • Show respect for mental activities: 

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.

family literacy
Family Literacy
  • Takes place during daily life.
  • Parent’s are the child’s first teacher.
  • Start when they are newborns to develop these skills.
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Children who develop print awareness have a head start on reading and literacy skills:
    • Children should participate in conversations,
    • Read to child regularly, and
    • Have books in the home.

These are all good starts to family literacy.

tips to promote family literacy
Tips to Promote Family Literacy
  • Read with your child everyday.
  • Regularly listen to your child read.
  • Turn of the TV to read and help your child with homework.
  • Make sure your child sees you reading newspapers, magazines, and books.
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Share family stories and make up your own bed time stories.
  • Read street signs with your child, write shopping lists or letters together, play word games as a family.
  • Visit the library with your child.
  • Talk with your child’s teacher to find out what students are learning in class.
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Encourage your child to write lists, stories, and poems.
  • Talk with your child about favorite characters or events in books.
  • Ask your child what happens in books as you read together.
  • Find books that match your child’s interests.
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Encourage your child to act out stories in plays or puppet shows with friends or siblings.
  • Encourage your child to read everyday during the summer.
  • Play rhyming games, sing songs with rhymes and play with word sounds.
books about boys and reading bibliography
Books About Boys and Reading Bibliography:
  • Gurian, Michael. Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents. Jossey-Basse, 2001.
  • Krashen, Stephen. The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research. Libraries Unlimitted, 2004.
  • Large, Jerry. "Teaching Boys the Joy of Books." Seattle Times, March 11, 2004.
  • Newkirk, Thomas. Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture. Heinemann, 2002.
  • Pennac, Daniel. Better Than Life. Stenhouse, 1999.
  • Sax, Leonard. Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences. Doubleday, 2005.
  • Smith, Michael W. and Jeffrey D. Wilhelm. Reading Don't Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men. Heinemann, 2002.
  • Sullivan, Michael. Connecting Boys With Books: What Libraries Can Do. ALA Editions, 2003.
ages 6 8
Ages 6-8
  • The Magic Tree House, Book #1, Dinosaurs Before Dark. By Mary Pope Osbourne.
  • Jumanji, by Chris Van Allsburg.
ages 6 to 10
Ages 6 to 10
  • Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown.
  • How to Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell.
bruce coville for ages 8 to 12
Bruce Coville for Ages 8 to 12
  • Aliens Ate My Homework
  • Aliens Stole My Body
  • The Dragonslayers
  • The Monster’s Ring
  • My Teacher Flunked the Planet
  • My Teacher is an Alien
gordon korman s books for boys ages 8 12
Gordon Korman’s Books for Boys Ages 8-12
  • “One the Run”(Series)

Book One: Chasing the Falconers

Book Two:The Fugitive Factor

Book Three:Hunting the Hunter

Book Four:Now You See Them, Now You Don't

Book Five:Public Enemies

Book Six:The Stowaway Solution

  • "Everest" (Series):

            Book One: The Contest.

            Book Two: The Climb.

            Book Three: The Summit.

  •  "Island" (Series):

            Book One: Shipwreck.

            Book Two: Survival.

            Book Three: Escape.  

more korman titles
More Korman Titles
  • “Dive” (Series)

Book One:The Danger

Book Two: The Deep

Book Three: The Discovery

  • Maxx Comedy : The Funniest Kid in America
  • No More Dead Dogs.
science fiction novel for ages 8 12
Science Fiction Novel for Ages 8-12
  • Downer, Ann. Hatching Magic.

Aladdin, 2003. ****

tod strausser s help i m trapped series
Tod Strausser’s “Help! I’m Trapped” Series…

Help! I'm Trapped in My Teacher's Body

Help! I'm Trapped in The First Day of School

Help! I'm Trapped in Obedience School

Help! I'm Trapped in My Gym Teacher's Body

Help! I'm Trapped in Obedience School Again

Help! I'm Trapped in My Sister's Body

Help! I'm Trapped in the First Day of Summer Camp

Help! I'm Trapped in Santa's Body

Help! I'm Trapped in a Movie Star's Body

Help! I'm Trapped in My Principal's Body

Help! I'm Trapped in an Alien's Body

Help! I'm Trapped in My Lunch Lady's Body

nonfiction books
Nonfiction Books…
  • Webber, Desiree. Bonehead: Story of the Longhorn. Eakin Press, 2003. 
  • Webber, Desiree. The Buffalo Train Ride. Eakin Press, 1999.  
ages 8 12
Ages 8-12
  • Cirque du Freak, A Living Nightmare, Book #1 By Darren Shan
  • Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli
  • A Week in the Woods, by Clements, Andrew.
shadow children series by haddix for ages 8 and up
Shadow Children Series by Haddix for Ages 8 and Up

Among the Hidden

Among the Impostors

Among the Betrayed

Among the Barons

Among the Brave

Among the Enemy

Among the Free

historical fiction for ages 9 and up
Historical Fiction for Ages 9 and Up
  • Hoobler, Dorothy. The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn. Philomel, 1999. (and it's sequels)
dave barry and ridley pearson contribute fantasy for ages 9 and up
Dave Barry and Ridley PearsonContribute Fantasy for Ages 9 and Up…
  • Peter and the Starcatchers
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves
  • Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
eoin colfer s books for boys
Eoin Colfer’s Books for Boys
  • “Artemis Fowl” (Series):
    • Artemis Fowl
    • The Arctic Incident
    • The Eternity Code
    • The Opal Deception
    • The Artemis Fowl Files
more eoin colfer s for ages 9 and up
More Eoin Colfer’s for Ages 9 and Up
  • The Supernaturalist
  • Half-Moon Investigations
  • The Wish List
  • Legend of Spud Murphy
  • Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth
jeanne duprau s book s for ages 9 and up
Jeanne DuPrau’s Book’s for Ages 9 and Up
  • The City of Ember
  • The People of Sparks
alex rider adventures by anthony horowitz for ages 9 and up
“Alex Rider Adventures” byAnthony Horowitzfor Ages 9 and Up
  • Ark Angel
  • Eagle Strike
  • Evil Star
  • Point Blank
  • Raven’s Gate
  • Scorpia
  • Skeleton Key
  • Stormbreaker
warriors series by erin hunter
Warriors Series by Erin Hunter
  • Warriors
    • Into the Wild
    • Fire and Ice
    • The Forest of Secrets
    • Rising Storm
    • A Dangerous Path
    • The Darkest Hour
  • Warrior: The New Prophecy
    • Midnight
    • Moonrise
    • Dawn
    • Starlight
    • Twilight
    • Sunset
  • Warrior: Power of Three
    • The Sight
other popular titles by carl hiaasen
Other Popular Titles by Carl Hiaasen
  • Flush. Knopf, 2005.  
  • Hoot. Knopf, 2002.  
walter dean myers s books for ages 9 and up
Walter Dean Myers’s Books for Ages 9 and Up
  • Handbook for Boys
  • Monster
  • Shooter
  • Scorpions
more age 9 12 titles
More Age 9-12 Titles
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Something Upstairs, by Avi.
  • Snow Treasure, by Marie McSwigan,
wendelin van draanen s books for boys ages 9 13
Wendelin Van Draanen’s Books for Boys Ages 9-13
  • "Shredderman" (Series):

Secret Identity

Attack of the Tagger

Meet the Gecko

Enemy Spy

  • Swear to Howdy
historical fiction by avi for ages 10 14
Historical Fiction by Avi for Ages 10-14…
  • Crispin: Cross of Lead
  • Crispin at the Edge of The World
  • Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel
  • The Book Without Words : A Fable of Medieval Magic
  • The Fighting Ground
ages 10 14
Ages 10-14
  • Losing Joe’s Place, by Gordon Korman.
  • Rats, Paul Zindel,
  • The Contender, by Robert Lipsyte.
  • http://www.booksforboys.com/
cornelia funke favorites
Cornelia Funke Favorites
  • The Thief Lord
  • Dragon Rider
  • Inkspell
  • Inkheart
gary paulsen picks age 10 and up
Gary Paulsen Picks: Age 10 and Up
  • Alida’ Song
  • Brian’s Hunt
  • Brian’s Return
  • Brian’s Winter
  • The Cookcamp
  • The Foxman
  • Hatchet
more gary paulsen picks
More Gary Paulsen Picks
  • The Car
  • Harris and Me
  • How Angel Peterson Got His Name, and Other Outrageous Tales of Extreme Sports
  • The Rifle
for ages 12 and up
For Ages 12 and Up
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  • http://www.booksforboys.com/
carl deuker for ages 12 and up
Carl Deuker for Ages 12 and Up

SPORTS RELATED

  • Heart of a Champion
  • On the Devil’s Court
  • http://www.booksforboys.com/
harry mazer for ages 13 15
Harry Mazer for Ages 13-15

ACTION ADVENTURE

  • Snow Bound
  • The Last Mission
  • http://www.booksforboys.com/
for ages 13 and up
For Ages 13 and Up
  • Firestorm, By David Klass.
  • Escapade Johnson and Mayhem at Mount Moosilauke. Michael Sullivan
  • The Outsiders. S.E. Hinton.
spinelli tocher
Spinelli & Tocher
  • Spinelli, Jerry. Milkweed. Knopf, 2003.  
  • Spinelli, Jerry. Loser. Joanna Cotler, 2002. ****
  • Tocher, Timothy. Chief Sunrise, John McGraw, and Me.Cricket Books, 2004. ****
blue sky press titles by rodman philbrick
Blue Sky Press Titles by Rodman Philbrick…
  • The Last Book in the Universe.
  • The Young Man and the Sea
more favorites
More Favorites…
  • Ritter, John H. The Boy Who Saved Baseball. Philomel, 2003.
  • Rowling, J.K. “Harry Potter” (Series): Fantasy
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Scholastic, 1998.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Scholastic, 1999.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Scholastic, 1999.  
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Scholastic, 2000.  
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Scholastic, 2003.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Scholastic, 2005..
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Scholastic, 2007.
  • Quidditch Through the Ages. Scholastic, 2001.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Scholastic, 2001.
add mystery for interest
Add Mystery for Interest…
  • Strickland, Brad. The Whistle, The Grave, and the Ghost. Dial, 2003. ****
black duck by janet taylor
Black Duck by Janet Taylor

NEW TITLE

Ages 13

and UP

  • From School Library JournalStarred Review. Grade 7-10
  • Years afterwards, Ruben Hart tells the story of how, in 1929 Newport, Rhode Island, his family and his best friend's family were caught up in the violent competition among groups trying to control the local rum-smuggling trade.
the bartimaeus trilogy
The Bartimaeus Trilogy

Stroud, Jonathan. "The Bartimaeus Trilogy" Series:

  • The Amulet of Samarkand. Book 1. Miramax, 2003.
  • The Golem's Eye. Book 2. Miramax, 2004.
  • Ptolemy's Gate. Book 3. Miramax, 2005. ****
boy s favorites by snicket
Boy’s Favorites by Snicket
  • Snicket, Lemony. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Series):
    • The Bad Beginning. HarperCollins, 1999.
    • The Reptile Room. HarperCollins, 1999.
    • The Wide Window. HarperCollins, 2000.
    • The Miserable Mill. HarperCollins, 2000.
    • The Austere Academy. HarperCollins, 2000.
    • The Ersatz Elevator. HarperCollins, 2001.
    • The Vile Village. HarperCollins, 2001.
    • The Hostile Hospital. HarperCollins, 2001.
    • The Carnivorous Carnival. HarperCollins, 2002.
    • The Slippery Slope. HarperCollins, 2003.
    • The Grim Grotto. HarperCollins, 2004.
    • The Penultimate Peril. HarperCollins, 2005.
    • The End. HarperCollins, 2006.
brian jacques science fiction fantasy
Brian Jacques Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Redwall Series By Brian Jacques

The books were written out of chronological order, so the events don't all occur in order if you read them in the order in which they were published.

Here is the chronological order:

  • Lord Brocktree
  • Martin The Warrior
  • Mossflower
  • The Legend of Luke
  • Outcast of Redwall
  • Mariel of Redwall
  • The Bellmaker
  • Salamandastron
  • Redwall
  • Mattimeo
  • The Pearls of Lutra
  • The Long Patrol
  • Marlfox
  • Taggerung
  • Triss
  • Loamhedge
  • Rakkety Tam
  • High Rhulain

Philomel Book Publisher, A Division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.

the sports genre
The Sports Genre…
  • Martino, Alfred C. Pinned. Harcourt, 2005. ****
chip hilton series for boys
Chip Hilton Series for Boys
  • Clair Bee, Cynthia Bee Farley, Randall K. Farley, Bob Knight
  • 1 Touchdown Pass - 1948
  • 2 Championship Ball - 1948
  • 3 Strike Three! - 1949
  • 4 Clutch Hitter - 1949
  • 5 A Pass and a Prayer - 1951
  • 6 Hoop Crazy - 1950
  • 7 Pitchers' Duel - 1950
  • 8 Dugout Jinx - 1952
  • 9 Freshman Quarterback - 1952
  • 10 Backboard Fever - 1953
  • 11 Fence Busters - 1953
  • 12 Ten Seconds To Play! - 1955
  • 13 Fourth Down Showdown - 1956
  • 14 Tournament Crisis - 1957
  • 15 Hardcourt Upset - 1957
  • 16 Pay-off Pitch - 1958
  • 17 No-Hitter - 1959
  • 18 Triple-Threat Trouble - 1960
  • 19 Backcourt Ace - 1961
  • 20 Buzzer Basket - 1962
  • 21 Comeback Cagers - 1963
  • 22 Home Run Feud - 1964
  • 23 Hungry Hurler - 1965
  • 24 Fiery Fullback - 2002
matt christopher sports books
Matt Christopher Sports Books
  • Series Reading Levels are for 3.0 to 7.0 with the average being 5th/6th grades.
  • Challenge at Second Base.
  • The Comeback Challenge
  • The Diamond Champs
  • The Dirt Bike Racer
  • Double Play at Short
  • Face Off
  • Football Fugitive
  • Into the Danger Zone
new favorite boy picks
New Favorite Boy Picks
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal
  • Dairy of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules

by Jeff Kinney

  • SwindlebyGordon Korman
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It is our job to generate

interest in books,

especially for the boys

who do not like to read.

Thanks for allowing me

the time to share my

“Books for Boys”

presentation, now it’s your

turn!

bibliography
Bibliography
  • http://www.reading.org/publications/reading_today/samples/RTY-0408-boys.html
  • “Boys and Books”.
  • http://www.talestoldtall.com/BooksforBoys.html “Books for Boys”
  • http://www.texnews.com/1998/religion/garf1121.html “Chip Hilton Series”
  • http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=7-078684907x-0 “Peter and the Starcatchers”
  • http://www.amazon.com and http://www.flr.follett.comFor all book cover pictures.
  • A complete bibliography of the books included in this presentation will be available upon request.
  • Contact: kdeniker@wilmington.k12.pa.us