OverviewUsing stories and anecdotes to humanize the research presented, Raising Boy Readers conveys an understanding of the differences that are common among many boys and how these differences affect reading. It provides practical approaches to promote reading to boys, addressing physical differences, such as the different rates of early brain development between boys and girls; psychological issues, such as the outward focus of boys; and social issues, such as stress and confidence. It also looks at the effects of modern schooling and how these can be counterbalanced or supplemented at home. More than 300 boy-friendly books by age group are recommended, and commentary is provided for selected titles. By informing parents what is behind boys' reading behaviors, the book helps build confidence and lower stress by also suggesting ways to help boys become lifelong readers.
Reviews"When it comes to leveling the playing field regarding boys and literacy, there is no one who proactively presents strategies and reading suggestions better than Michael Sullivan." —Rob Reid, author and librarian
“Sullivan makes a winning case for free-choice reading as he questions dated reading practices and pushes back against standardized testing. Heaps of boy-friendly reading ideas to get your young reader started and keep him reading. Well-researched, sensible, humorous and convincing, if you read one book to get guys psyched about reading, make it this one!” —Alison M.G. Follos, author and librarian
Author BiographyMichael Sullivan is the author of several books, including Connecting Boys with Books, Connecting Boys with Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap, Fundamentals of Children’s Services, the Escapade Johnson series of children's books, and The Sapphire Knight. A popular speaker on the topics of boys and reading, library administration, and the future of public libraries, he is a former president of the New Hampshire Library Association and was the 1998 New Hampshire Librarian of the Year. He has been awarded the U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Award and the Mom’s Choice Award for juvenile fiction. He lives in Collinsville, Oklahoma.