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.)
A recent awards ceremony at the ALA conference awarded Guys Read favorites Jacqueline Woodson, Christopher Myers, and Jason Reynolds the Coretta Scott King Author Award, Illustrator Award and John Steptoe Award for New Talent, respectively. Click on their names for their books we’ve featured in the past. (Click here for a reading list of some of Jason Reynold’s favorite books) (And here‘s a great poem Reynold’s recently penned in honor of Myers)
We don’t like to play favorites, these are just the ones we’ve already read and been enthusiastic about. One of the great things about awards is they help bring our attention to more books we need to get to and pass on! Here’s a list of the remaining winners we need to get to. How Many of these have you read? Which ones do you love and want to pass on?
Winner: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Honor: And We Stay by Janny Hubbard
Honor: The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Honor: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books:
The Crossover, Kwame Alexander
How I Discovered Poetry, Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Coretta Scott Kind Illustrator Honor Books
JOSEPHINE: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Patricia Hruby Powell
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Katheryn Russell-Brown
The vibrant art leaps right off these page and stirs up and energizes the creative spirit in readers young and old. The art is truly that—art. And the story is timeless and perfect for an at-home or school or library storytime. You might want to have some paint or markers nearby, the book’s creativity is infectious!