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.
Would you like to know more about the Long-Eared Jerboa, the Humpback Anglerfish, and the Giant Gippsland Earthworm? Of course you would.
So take a look at this book. It has all you need to know, and more, about some of the weirdest creatures on Earth.
And then go to http://www.unusualcreatures.com and you can hear some Songs for Unusual Creatures.
From the very fun Worst-Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure series. You have to decide what to do with tarantulas, monkey, mosquitos, and jaguars as you try to survive a trip down the Amazon River. A very cool combination of book and comic book. A very cool series all together.
The American Library Association just handed out a mess of awards for great books from 2012. And this year they picked some great ones.
Check out Jon Klassen’s THIS IS NOT MY HAT, Mac Barnett’s EXTRA YARN, Steve Sheinken’s BOMB, and Katherine Applegate’s THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN.
Posted by Jon on Sunday, February 3, 2013