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Books that Won't Bore Pre-Teen Boys

As boys reach early adolescence they often disengage from reading, finding the fiction-heavy reading programs uninteresting. Several excellent resources have been developed to re-engage pre-teen boys in reading to encourage their skill development and to help them build lifelong interest in reading.
A Collection By Joelle Brummitt-Yale
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Books that Won't Bore Pre-Teen Boys
  • Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    This downloadable document from the Canada's education department is long, but it is jam packed with lots of practical advice for encouraging boys to read. It explains the origins of the "reading gap" that develops between boys and girls and outlines great strategies for re-engaging boys. Great information to share with parents!
  • learnnc.org
    learnnc.org

    Reading is for the boys (and girls)!

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    Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    This is a one-stop primer for the teacher wanting to learn more about the gender gap in reading achievement. Created by an educator exploring this issue for herself, this webquest takes you into the belly of the beast.
  • Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Organized by genre and subject area, this site offers book suggestions and reviews of books on topics that boys love. Kids can even send in their own submissions to be included on the site.
  • Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Educator Jeffrey Wilhelm offers a video talk on engaging boys with reading, especially those who don't see the practical value of reading. This resource highlights the experiences of boys Wilhelm worked with as an English teacher and the creative ways he encouraged them to read.
  • Books for Boys

    Website Blog
    boysbookblog.wordpress.com
    boysbookblog.wordpress.com
    Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Another great spot for locating the best book for each individual boy you work with. The author regularly posts reviews of books (complete with lexile level and AR level). In addition, there's a search option that allows you to locate books by genre and subject matter.
  • Joelle Brummitt-Yale says:
    Finding exactly the right book for the right boy is half the battle. Thankfully, this resource from author John Scieszka can point you in the right direction. The book search feature is worth it's weight in gold. Put a picky reader in front of a computer with this page up on it, and challenge him to find something cool to read.