Food in the Library – Are We Crazy? If you want boys to read, get them into the library by going after their stomachs! As part of our Extreme Library Makeover, we allow students to eat and drink in the library any time they want – even at the computers. Are we crazy? Maybe little,...
Submitted by Mike McQueen from Mike McQueen .com Bart-King-Interview-Mike-McQueen Bart-King-Interview-Mike-McQueen Title: Bart King Interview with Mike McQueen Length: 21:25 minutes (19.67 MB) Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Submitted by Mike McQueen from Mike McQueen .com David__Warlcik Title: Redefining Literacy – Interview with David Warlick Length: 19:47 minutes (18.12 MB) Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR) Highlights: 2:55 – The nature of how information has changed over the years – becoming increasingly more digital and more abundant. Information scarcity vs. Abundancy 5:45 – In the past reading came to...
Submitted by Mike McQueen from Mike McQueen .com Audio Interview with Author Jeffrey Wilhelm _ Getting Boys To Read Title: Jeff Wilhelm Interview Length: 17:18 minutes (5.94 MB) Format: MP3 Stereo 22kHz 48Kbps (CBR) Audio Interview with Author Jeffrey Wilhelm _ Getting Boys To Read Question 1: Tell us about your background and how it influenced you with boys and literacy...
Submitted by Mike McQueen from Mike McQueen .com #1 Anonymous Hi, I’m visiting from MBC! #2 Anonymous awesome video!! really informative and quick, just like a magazine! #3 Anonymous you did not tell me what magazines you carry in your library. I get a lot of girls magazines but in the boy catagory I get SI and 2...
Car Games for Boys – an excerpt from Mike McQueen’s Boys’ Alive Event Interview at with Janet Allison What about those times when you are say in the car? And you wanted to, a little bit about…how do you keep them entertained? I see so many cars with the DVD players in the back so that...
I am honored to announce that I have been asked to be one of 15 special presenters for the upcoming, Boys Alive! Online Event. My presentation, “Encouraging Boys to Read and Helping Struggling Readers” is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, at 1:00 pm central time (2:00pm Denver time). I’m humbled to say my name appears...
All libraries need vision
Research shows that effective library programs have significant impact on student achievement. Conversely, ineffective programs can hurt everyone, especially when asking for tax increases or when facing budget cuts. These issues are prevalent for school and public libraries at every level. A good library vision will help alleviate many of these problems and ultimately have a great impact on kids.
Overhauling two schools
With the support of my principals, I completely overhauled the library program at 2 separate schools, both of which were in desperate need of change. The library played a critical role for one school which went from being on “Corrective Action” to performing “average” on state standardized tests, a
How it All Began
When I was an elementary teacher librarian, I was approached by Deb Hansen, a well respected reading specialist and colleague. Deb knew about my history and interest in getting boys to read and showed me Jon Scieszka's website GuysRead.com. We knew of a handful of 5th and 6th grade boys that were really struggling with reading and decided to try our own version of Guys Read.
1. show these boys that reading could be cool
2. bond with them and make them feel special
3. just have relaxed fun reading and discussing a book
4. plant a life long seed for reading Picking Boys Who Say, "I Hate Reading"
Calling all dads, calling all dads!
In a world with too many deadbeats dads, I witnessed a wonderful sight while waiting for my daughter in the dentist waiting room - a dad, his infant baby, his middle school son, and his young daughter - all involved in reading.
The teenage brother
When I first sat down, I noticed the older boy was reading a book out loud to his younger sister. Was he shy or embarrassed about reading in front of a room full of people? Not at all! Not only did the he read, but I could tell that he also