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.)
Author of novels, screenplays, short story and poetry collections, and the National Book Award winning YA book “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” national treasure Sherman Alexie has now gifted us with a picture book.
Thunder Boy Jr. is a charming story of a boy who loves his Dad, who people call Big Thunder—he just doesn’t want to be Little Thunder. He wants to be more than a Junior. He wants his own identity. With the help of his younger sister, he searches for the perfect name that will encompass something special and unique about him.
The beautiful illustrations by Yuyi Morales perfectly accompany the special knack for warmth, truth, and humor Alexie is beloved for. Really, we couldn’t recommend this one more!
A great account for anyone interesting in knowing more about how the US military works, a great voice for others with similiar experience yearning for acknowledgement, and a primer for anyone thinking of enlisting, this memoir puts you in the boots of a young guy who within a couple years went from being a high-school wrestler to and on-the-ground “GI Joe Schmo” (in his words) in Iraq. Smithson writes with great simplicity that serves his honesty. He’s not pro or anti war. He has opinions, but acknowledges others, always striving to reamin impartial and to just share this story, a side of things not frequently presented this way. Every soldier has a story. This is one. And a great one, at that.