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.

September 2013


Brian Floca

Look at that train roaring at you right out of the cover. It doesn’t matter if you like trains, or don’t like trains. This train is going to run you over with goodness. Cool pictures of how trains really worked. Nice history of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.

Go to the Book of the Month


The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Steve Sheinkin

Oh man what a crazy and scary story. And all the crazier and scarier because it’s true. Check this book out now.


That’s what we are reading a ton of at Guys Read these days. Information, facts, true stories. Can’t get enough of them. Look for more non-fiction coming your way soon.

Posted by Jon on Wednesday, September 11, 2013