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.
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
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
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