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.)
Being a teenager feels really weird sometimes. Everything seems kind of dark and mysterious and creepy, sometimes for no reason. This book really captures that feeling and runs with it, having a lot of fun with it.
Benny is interested in solving the mysteries of the world. So he started the Mystery Club at his boarding school. Virginia joined it because she wanted to be in a club and that one looked the least stupid. They’re an unlikely pair, but have to figure out how to work together when a real mystery shows up at their school: someone in the Wildcat mascot throws themself off a bridge and into the river. And it’s not who people think it was. Everything gets weirder, and everyone in this town full of weirdos is a suspect.
Over weekly Dungeons & Dragons nights, Archie, Marti, Dante, and Sam have become the kind of friends who like each other but don’t really know each other. Like, what is actually going on in each others’ lives. When one of the members of the group is broken up with by his girlfriend, who they also knew and kind of didn’t know, they go with him on a road trip to try and win her back. And the confusions and dramas they’ve all been dealing with on their own come out full force to be reckoned with. They won’t just be seeing if they can help their friend get the girl back. They’ll be seeing if all of them can actually be friends.