Welcome to Guys Read

Welcome to Guys Read, a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka..  Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.

Research shows that boys are having trouble reading, and that boys are getting worse at reading. No one is quite sure why. Some of the reasons are biological.  Some of the reasons are sociological.

But the good news is that research also shows that boys will read — if they are given reading that interests them.

So the biggest part of this site is the collection of book titles below. These are books that guys have told us they like.

Our idea is to help guys become readers by helping them find texts they want to read.

Get in there and start looking around. There is a little something for everyone.

And please help guys out by recommending more of your guy-favorites.

The GUYS READ LIBRARY OF GREAT READING is a multi-volume set of original short stories and illustrations that will inspire boys to want to keep reading.

Each volume will feature ten of the very best writers in different genres. Each volume will serve as an introduction to writers and illustrators guys will want to know better.

The entire collection will be the answer to the question, “What will help get my guy reading?”

Check out the books in the Library.

Listening to books is reading too.

Audiobooks let readers explore stories they might not otherwise try to read.

Audiobooks help readers pronounce words and feel the pace of storytelling.

Audiobooks offer a way to enjoy a story in a different way.

Go to Guys Listen to find (and recommend) audiobooks guys like.

December 2014


Douglas Florian

To celebrate the end of Picture Book Month, we’ve got a round-up of a dozen picture books, many new and some old favorites. These cover all the territory of what makes picture books such a special thing—a mix of concept books, poetry books, non-fiction, books that tell the story completely through pictures, and then some plain old super fun ones. Whether you’re looking for some great new storytime books, or just for a perfect snuggle-up before bedtime read, we’ve got you covered here. For full reviews of the books, click on the titles:


Autumnblings by Douglas Flourian

Poem-Mobiles by Douglas Flourian and J. Patrick Lewis

Oh, No! by Candace Fleming, Illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cat by Sy Montgomery, Pictures by Nic Bishop

Ivan The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Full Speed Ahead! How Fast Things Go by Cruschiform

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toad by Bob Shea and Lane Smith

My Robots: The Robotic Genius of Lady Regina Bonquers III by Johan Olander

Alphabetabum: An Album of Rare Photographs and Medium Verses
by Vladimir Radunsky & Chris Raschka

Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Outside by Deirdre Gill

Go to the Book of the Month


Micol Ostow

Connor’s family is running away from his father’s shady past, starting a new life in a so-small-it’s-barely-even-on-a-map town, in an old house they bought for cheap—with attic windows that look like eyes. The house feels off from the moment they step inside.

Ten years later, Gwen’s family is running away from her troubled past of mental breakdowns and the ostracizing among her high school peers and everyone else that comes with that, and starting a new life in the same barely-on-the-map town, in the same rickety, ominous, suspiciously-affordable house with attic window eyes and an extremely uninviting presence, even amidst it’s idyllic location in the woods by the river.

The house’s long, dark history slowly reveals itself in dreams and visions of shotguns and brutality and tragedy and horrors to both Connor and Gwen, in dual narratives that lurch forward on parallel tracks, even though they’re separated by a decade—because in some places, like Amity, history is not only alive…it’s coming to get you.

For a special look at some of her favorite spooky books, as well as some books that inspired Micol Ostow as she wrote this, go here: http://www.guysread.com/books/lists/micol_ostow

Children’s Book Week New Content

Hello everybody! Just in time for Children’s Book Week (which you can find more info about here, for events in your area) we’re updating the site with new content, and you can expect a steady stream of it from now on. We’ve been working to come up with a new strategy, and this is the start of it. Today we’ve got a new Book of the Month and Book on the Pile, as well as the first of many exciting new personalized favorite reading lists from some of your favorite authors, starting out with Eliot Schrefer, acclaimed author of Endangered and Threatened!

And we’re expanding our social media—we’d love it if you’d join us on facebook and twitter to keep up with our regular content updates, help spread the word about great books for guys, and maybe even share your favorites!

Posted by Jon on Tuesday, May 13, 2014