As a former school librarian who worked valiantly to keep boys reading, I love this new website, James Patterson’s READKIDDOREAD.com
Mr. Patterson has joined forces with librarians, editors, publishers, and business men and women “dedicated to get kids reading.” Judy Freeman aids Mr. Patterson in selecting a number of titles for boys (and girls) of all ages that will keep them turning the pages. The lists range from illustrated books to advanced chapter books for older readers.
Ms. Freeman offers an additional list of books for boys that are right on target. Her “Almost Can’t-Miss Sure Shot Books…for Boys” starts with one of my favorites when reading with my OASIS students, GOODNIGHT, GORILLA by Peggy Rathman.
She includes book suggestions for older readers as well, such as THE BIG SPLASH by John D. Ferraiolo. Earlier this month at the Missouri SCBWI Conference, I had the privilege to hear a segment of this book read by Susan Van Metre, editorial director of Amulet Books, who was involved in the production of this book. I think both boys and girls will find this story fun.
Perhaps you have other books for boys (especially reluctant readers) that are winners every time. I’d love to hear about them.