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.

August 2014

Man Made Boy

Jon Skovron

Boy knows that he looks like a monster—he’s a hulking assembly of sewn-together parts, the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride. He’s lived his whole life so far within the confines of an off-Broadway theater off of Times Square that acts as a haven for all the monsters, ghouls, faeries, trolls, and mythological and otherworldly creatures. But what protects them from the outside world also keeps them isolated, and Boy, an insanely talented hacker, is tired of the internet being his only connection to the unknown world outside. So he starts finding ways to venture out and attempt to blend in, to see if there’s a place for people like him in the world, and to see if he can convince people that he’s not the monster he looks like to them, when he knows he’s so much more.

Jon Skovron has crafted a great book with a thumping pulse, a funny bone, a big heart, and a lot of nerve!

You can watch the book trailer here.

And a video of Jon Skovron getting the cover art as a tattoo here. (We think this is very interesting and cool. Don’t see authors doing this everyday!)

Check out his website here: jonskovron.com

And when we asked him to tell us some of his favorite books to pass on to you, he did something that HAS NEVER BEEN DONE IN THE HISTORY OF GUYS READ—he got his sons Logan and Zane involved, and they all did it together. Click here to see what they came up with.


Go to the Book of the Month

No Place

Todd Strasser

Dan was used to worrying about his girlfriend’s moods or the stress of the baseball season and hoping for the best college scholarship, but now both his parents have lost their jobs, their home, and they have to live in a tent city called Dignityville. Now his worries are about his depressed dad sneaking around alleys to collect cans from garbage cans, and the social stigmas and inner conflicts of being homeless. Without staying caught up in the darkness of the subjects, Strasser has written a novel primer for younger readers covering hard contemporary conflicts and concepts like what happens if people lose their purpose, the layers of shame in claiming the less-than-ideal circumstances more people are finding themselves in, finding ways to take back the power through education and peaceful protest, and the growing need for sustainable communities. Full of complex and ambivalent morals and alliances, No Place takes a look at what people do when they’re desperate and have to make it work for themselves, and maybe even as part of a larger community.

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