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. 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 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.
Guys Read is also multi-volume book set, each volume featuring ten of the best writers in different genres, hoping to serve as an introduction to writers and illustrators guys will want to know better. There are five so far, from HarperCollins: Funny Business, Thriller, The Sports Pages, Other Worlds, and True Stories.
Guys Read is also all of the clubs that keep the GR mission alive in libraries, classrooms, and living rooms from coast-to-coast and around the globe! (Here’s a map of all the field offices.)
Well, the New Year just smacked us all with thoughts of what we’ve done and where we’re going in life. What better book to read than one where those common questions are heightened by a giant flaming space-rock of destruction?
As a meteor hurls towards Earth with a 66.6% chance of making humanity go the way of the dinosaurs, four teens find themselves in a Karass—the term coined by the writer Kurt Vonnegut meaning a group of seemingly disconnected people who end up connected through circumstances or happenings on a spiritual or thematic level.
Peter’s your straight-laced athletic type who’s an in-between for his parents and his younger wild-child sister. He’s going through a break-up, and ever since a one-time hook-up in the photo lab a year ago, longing for the interesting and individualistic Eliza.
Eliza’s your loner-type. Mom long gone, dad dying of cancer, she sticks to herself, goes out drinking or wandering around feeding her photography passion. When she starts a photo blog that chronicles the end-of-the-world from their small corner, she finds a new visibility on a large platform, and with it a feeling of responsibility and purpose.
Andy’s your stoner burn-out type, never aimed for much, always been happy just going with the flow, hanging with his friends, and playing in a punk band. Until death is coming from huge space rock. Then he yearns for a quest. Sets his sights on Eliza, who he’s always crushed on.
Anita’s your rich-girl overachiever type whose life has always been planned, with expectations high. The looming meteor makes her run away from home and for once, follow her heart to raise her voice.
But what do types even mean when you’ve got a meteor hurling towards you and everyone you’ve ever loved and the world is rapidly devolving?
Wallach has written a realistic handling of the question of what we’d all do if faced with extinction, the kind of book that makes you think some deep things about what any of it means, while amusing the heck out of you with its escalating end-of-the-world scenario.
And who hasn’t daydreamed how well they’d fare in an apocalypse?
And, BONUS: Wallach is definitely a wunderkind—you can download the album he wrote to accompany his book.
Great for kids who like to have a little fun with their facts. Read this at story time and you could very well end up with your own little groups of animals running around smashing into each other pretending to be any number of animal groups featured in this delightful, imaginative, and silly, silly picture book.
We also really like the classic feel of this one. It’s a class-act/smash-act all the way!