Presentation on theme: "Boys & Books “I hate to read” – what does it mean, why did he say it, and what you can do about it Two resources One story from JDC One personal reflection."— Presentation transcript:
1 Boys & Books“I hate to read” – what does it mean, why did he say it, and what you can do about itTwo resourcesOne story from JDCOne personal reflection
2 BOYS & BOOKS For more information, visit: www.guysread.com For the power point and handouts, visitFor more info, me:
3 What do boys see as obstacles to reading? Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones Getting startedWhat do boys see as obstacles to reading?What are the facts about boys and reading?What are one hundred great books for boys?What magazines and comic books will boys read?How do you make the connection between boys and books?Where can I find more information?
4 What do boys see as obstacles to reading? A national survey conducted as part of YALSA’s 2001 Teen Read Week celebration netted more evidence about what boys see as obstacles to reading. These are the responses of teenage boys; the average age of the survey respondent was 14:Boring/not fun 39.3%No time/too busy 29.8%Like other activities better 11.1%Cant get into the stories 7.7%I'm not good at it 4.3%Makes me tired/causes headaches 2.5%Video games/TV more interesting 2.3%Too much school work 1.4%Books are too long 0.09%Friends make fun of me 0.01%
5 What are the facts about boys and reading? How much do you know about boys and reading?Answer true and false to each question
6 What are hundred great books for boys? Many books boys are asked to read don’t appeal to them. They aren’t motivated to want to read.SO what does appeal to them?
7 What do guys read?Top Titles from guysread.comQuick Picks 2004MagazinesNonfiction subjects
8 FOR YOUNGER GUYSThe Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss. Illustrated by Crockett Johnson.Go, Dog. Go!, by Philip D. Eastman.The Stupids Die, by Harry Allard.Grimm’s Fairy Tales??????
9 FOR EARLY READERSBe A Perfect Person in Just Three Days, by Stephen Manes. Illustrated by Tom Huffman.Flat Stanley, by Jeff BrownCaptain UnderpantsTime Warp Trio????????
10 FOR EARLY READERSScary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz, editor. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell.Sideways Stories from Wayside School, by Louis Sachar. Illustrated by Julie Brinckloe.The Twits, by Roald Dahl. Illustrated by Quentin Blake.
11 FOR OLDER GUYS Tangerine, by Edward Bloor. Holes by Sachar Lemony Snicket booksGary PaulsenCirque du Freak / Shan??????
12 FOR OLDER GUYSCard, Clancy, Crichton, Jordan, King, Koontz, Patterson, and SanfordDickey and TyreeGoines? Holmes?Coldest Winter Ever?????
13 POETRYKids are the best judge of the poetry they like, young boys in particular like Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein. Older boys will like Tupac, poems written by other teens, and love poems.
14 NON-FICTIONChoose books based on the subjects they care about. Look at books by Russell Freedman, David Macaulay, Jim Murphy, and Seymour Simon. Older boys won’t read authors as much as subjects of interest.
15 FACTS ABOUT NONFICTION Researching reading and at-risk teens is a focus of Dr. Teri S. Lesesne from Sam Houston State University. She says, “In my seven year study of at-risk teens, one of the observations I have been able to verify year after year is that nonfiction matters to these less than enthusiastic readers. Even though some of them read nonfiction regularly, they do not see themselves as readers because nonfiction is not as valued in the English classroom.” .
16 Why don’t boys like to read 1. Associate with failure2. Time and energy3. Negative pressures4. Not stimulated by ideas5. No encouragement6. Not a priority7. Can’t find the good books/stuff to read
17 Reaching reluctant boy readers with fiction (Quick Picks list) have a hook to get the reader’s attention immediatelymove at a fast pace with only a few charactershave a single point of view and few flashbacks or subplotsdeal with real-life situations/high interest topicshave emotional impact; they are gripping and memorableuse short sentences and paragraph and non challenging vocabularyhave attractive covers, wide margins and easy to read type face and be less than 200 pages
18 Reaching reluctant boy readers with nonfiction (Quick Picks list) Nonfiction will meet many of this criteria, but also willcontains lots of illustrations to complement the textadopt of magazine style layout approachcontain first person narrative and real life experience
19 Maintaining a collection Reading is more than fiction; more than books;
20 Maintaining a collection Collection development doesn’t mean buying new books
21 Young adults like magazines 1. Visual2. Appeal to short attention spans.3. Speak to developing special interests.4. Socially acceptable reading material.5. Information on important stuff - sex, sports, etc.6. Fads/celebrities7. Easy reading level8. Don't have to read them at school: no pressure9. Dream/fantasize/set goals: the case for comics
30 GUYS READ: more information Brozo, William G. To be a boy, to be a reader : engaging teen and preteen boys in active literacy. Newark, Del. : International Reading Association, ISBN:Gurian, Michael. What stories does my son need? : A guide to books and movies that build character in boys. New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000 ISBN:Odean Kathleen Great Books for Boys: More Than 600 Books for Boys 2 to 14 Ballantine Books (Trd Pap); ISBN: ; (March 1998)Smith, Michael. Reading Don't Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of You Boynton/Cook Pub; ISBN: ; (March 2002 )Sullivan, Michael. Connecting Boys With Books: What Libraries Can Do. ISBN ALA Editions, 2003.
31 GUYS READ: ten action steps Link to guysread.comReward readingBooktalk or tell a storyALA posters: purchased and createdWork with coaches
32 GUYS READ II: this time it is personal Buy less fictionRecruit boy volunteers (community service)Ask and listenPut the books where the boys areBuy books boys will want to read
34 Author visits to schools patrick@connectingYA.com Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick JonesConsulting, training, and coaching for library staff to provide powerful youth servicesAuthor visits to schools
35 GUYS READ For more info, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org For a full handout packet, visitFor the power point, visit:For more information, visit:For more info, me: