One of the most common complaints of reading and English
teachers is that boys do not read or at least read enough. Especially
in the preteen and teen years, it can be hard for books to compete
with sports, girls, and the omnipresent electronic media. Popular and
prolific children's book author Jon Scieszksa decided to create books
boys would really want to read. There's a Guys Read website (www.guysread.com
). It contains the work of well known writers and illustrators. Boys
choose their favorites which are put into anthologies. Royalties from
these books are used to support the website.
I was able to score two of the volumes at the Orono Public
Library. One contained vignettes of guy defining moments, both
fictitious and autobiographical. There were really neat drawings from
contributers' childhood and current work. The other consisted of
longer funny stories. Both, in my mind, are well worth reading.
On a personal note, I've been seeing some lovely butterflies and moths
A great big shout out goes out to writers who understand what our sons
want to read.
Julia Emily Hathaway
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