October 10, 2010

Boys. Reading.

Spot on post over at Baby Got Books with a promise of more soon.  Read the comments.


betweenthesepages said...

Great link. It was so thought provoking. I know my school librarian has been very interested in ways to get boys to read more and we discuss it often. I've been lucky in having some fairly strong and motivated readers in my class over this year, but I think this year promises more challenges for me. I can't wait to see what it takes to lure them away from their precious gross out books.

C.B. James said...

Thanks for this link. I'm still waiting for someone to notice that what boys really don't read is novels. Give them a non-fiction book with good illustrations on a topic they're interested in and they read and read.

Fart jokes or no.

If the reading tests featured only non-fiction, I believe the boys would score on par with the girls every time.

Jim Randolph said...


Part two is up now. I liked how the original author commented in the comments. As for me, I like the gross stuff and the good stuff, so I guess I'm biased.

I hadn't thought of that but you're right. All these essays about boys not reading get to me because I was always such a reader (and mostly fiction) and most of the good elementary readers I know are both boys and girls but on average I think you're right about the fiction non-fiction thing. I'll start keeping closer track of this, thanks!