This book has a great introduction! Within only 164 pages, authors Elizabeth Knowles and Martha Smith give great information about problems and situations that are facing boys with literacy.


  • Boys like to read short passages and prefer books with lots of visual support
  • Great for Librarians, Parents, and Teachers…
  • Interesting quote – “Classroom libraries, school libraries, summer reading programs, and required reading lists do not reflect the kinds of books that boys most enjoy.”
  • This book has GREAT bulleted lists of strategies for changes at home as well as at school!

Different genres are discussed

  • including a great introduction for each genre,
  • a list of possible discussion questions,
  • it concludes with a corresponding bibliography

Table of Contents:

  1. Humor
  2. Adventure
  3. Information / Nonfiction
  4. Fantasy / Science Fiction
  5. Horror / Mystery
  6. Sports
  7. War
  8. Biograpgy
  9. History
  10. Graphic Novels
  11. Realistic Fiction

A Question to Comment on:

Describe an experience when you were engaged in discussion with a boy about literature.

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