As my courses on boys’ reading are asked for as much or more than any others I give, I was interested to see that today’s Guardian has a list of ten books to boost boys’ reading. It will hopefully be useful to children, and to parents, carers and teachers, though most of the books are well known, and it is short on teenage titles. A very interesting discussion thread has started up, with lots of extra suggestions. I do hope some children’s and school librarians will add their knowledge and expertise. (Great to see arts journalist Laura Barnett’s passionate defence of libraries and children’s librarians in there.)
It’s worth checking out the Guardian’s other top ten children’s books lists too. There’s some interesting stuff in them.
For anyone in the UK looking for more ideas for boys’ reading, these blogs are very useful: Literature for Lads;
This is a useful listing of articles of boys’ reading from the National Literacy Trust, and don’t forget Premier League Reading Stars. There is more on using sport to promote literacy here. The Reading Champions scheme has a good track record, though it isn’t free.
Many thanks to Barbara Band for the picture of the Reading Game (scroll down the page to find it) in action in Emmbrook School library.