Book Mama: A Series for Boys

Interested in a series of beginning chapter books for your son?  Then check out the Roscoe Riley Rules books by Katherine Applegate. “Short chapters, simple dialogue with some big words thrown in (proboscis, epidermis) and a very few first grade … Continue reading

Teacher Mama: What Boys Like to Read

I have been reading A LOT of the literature out there about what boys like to read.  Instead of posting a bunch of articles about the topic, I thought I would make things easy and create a brief summary of what boys like to read and share it with you all. Let me know what you think!

First, did you know that a lot of boys are having trouble reading?  (From Michael W. Smith and Jeffrey D. Wilhelm in Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys: Literacty in the Loves of Young Men (Heinemann, 2002))

  • Boys develop slower than girls.
  • Boys take longer to read than girls do.
  • Boys read less than girls.
  • Girls tend to comprehend narrative and expository texts better than boys.
  • Boys do not value reading as much as girls.
  • Boys have trouble relating to the feelings and emotions of a lot of fiction.
  • There is a lack of positive male role models in literacy.

So, what do boys want to read?

  • Boys are more inclined to read informational texts, magazines and newspaper articles.
  • Boys are more inclined to read graphic novels and comic books.
  • Boys tend to enjoy escapism and humor.
  • Boys enjoy science fiction and fantasy.
  • Boys like to read about hobbies, sports and they they like or would like to do.
  • Boys to read books in a series.
Did you know?
  • Boys  resist reading stories about girls (girls don’t mind reading about boys)
  • Boys read less fiction than girls.

Want some more information? Check out this article:

  • Why Johnny Won’t Read–Schools often dismiss what boys like. No wonder they are not wild about reading.   http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA439816.html

Teacher Mama: Guys Read and Jon Scieszka

As a parent of boys this site is a must.  Guysread.com is a web based literacy program for boys developed by Jon Scieszka (author of The Stinky Cheeseman, The Time Warp Trio series and the Trucktown series for young children). The mission of guysread.com is “to help boys become self-motivated, life-long readers.” The site if full of wonderful resources, information and book lists galore.

While you are at it, if you haven’t checked out Jon Scieszka’s books do it! They are funny, wacky and perfect for boys of any age. The Trucktown series for young children is a favorite in our home.  The series features a “gang” of trucks who have all kinds of fun and adventures in “Trucktown.” Boys will love the trucks as they “Smash! Crash!” The illustrations are wonderfully detailed and the text is simple enough for young children to understand and beginning readers to read themselves. The series has even added some easy readers for children learning to read.  The website, www.trucktown.com, is loaded with fun and games based on the books.

Finding good books for boys to read when transitioning from early readers to chapter books is not an easy task. There are so many choices out there for girls, but for boys, the choices are rather limited. Thankfully, Scieszka created a series called, Time Warp Trio, about three boys who receive a magical book that can transport them anywhere in time or space. The books have cool covers, short chapters with a mix of text and illustrations. The plot is fast-paced, uses cliff hangers at the end of chapters, and include funny, odd and gross bits of history– all the things boys want in a book. There is a site dedicated to the trio at http://www.timewarptrio.com/
Other books by Scieszka:
  • The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
  • A Wolf’s Tale
  • 3 Pigs
  • The Frog Prince Continued
  • The Book that Jack Wrote
  • Math Curse
  • Science Verse
  • Squids Will Be Squids
  Happy Reading!