Best Books for Boys: A Resource for Educators

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Libraries Unlimited, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 189 pages
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Looking for books guaranteed to grab the attention and interest of boys? Dip into this guide for a wealth of ideas. This book is designed to help librarians, teachers, and parents find fiction and nonfiction titles that will be both interesting and motivating for young male readers. The 500 entries are organized by genre, each with a brief plot summary, indication of reading level, and complete bibliographic information. This volume will help adults sift through the plethora of titles published for children each year and identify suitable titles for individual boys. Grades 3-10.

Looking for books guaranteed to grab the attention and interest of boys? Books that will keep them reading to the end? Books that will turn them onto reading, or turn them from reluctant readers into lifelong readers? Dip into this guide for a wealth of ideas, all carefully chosen to help librarians, teachers, and parents.

The approximately 500 entries have been selected for the general appeal and for their ability to engage and involve readers. Covering a broad span of literature, the book focuses on titles published within the last decade. Genres covered include humor, realistic fiction, adventure, sports, fantasy, historical fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, and even poetry.

Entries are organized by genre and each includes a brief plot summary that highlights the appeal to boys, an indication of reading level, and complete bibliographic information.

In recent years, educators and librarians have become increasingly aware of their failings with young male readers, and eager to enlist boys in books and reading. If you are among those educators hoping to more successfully reach out to boys and promote reading, this book is for you. A wonderful tool for collection development, book lists, and displays, this volume will help adults sift through the plethora of titles published for children each year and identify suitable titles for individual boys in grades 3-10.

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Looking over the output of most publishing for children and teens, it has become quite obvious that books for girls predominate, partly because narrative reading, particularly among boys is down ... Read full review

Contents

Boys and Books
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Humor
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Realistic Fiction
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Copyright

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About the author (2008)

MATTHEW D. ZBARACKI is Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, Rhode Island College, Providence. He is active in the International Reading Association and has presented on the topic of books for boys at its annual conference. He has also written for professional journals and co-authored two books for Heinemann, Listen Hear (2003) and Books and Beyond (2006).

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