From School Library Journal
This title accomplishes what it sets out to do, with ideas and perspectives on why boys aren't as involved in reading as girls, and what we as professionals can do to help change the trend. Sullivan begins by giving background information, statistics, and external influences that perpetuate the view that reading is somehow just for girls. He then gives some program ideas, but more importantly he suggests ways to change librarians' perspective in order to appeal to boys. The setting is more focused on the public library, but the ideas are important and useful in any situation. The writing is engaging and well researched, with footnotes at the end of each chapter. We've all read articles and studies lamenting the loss of boys in the library, and this book is a practical look at ways to try and change that.Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Statistics show that boys do not read as much as girls. Given the importance of reading in developing vocabulary, self-expression, and higher-level thinking skills, it is essential to get boys engaged with books. In this brief, highly readable treatise, author Sullivan outlines both the tenets of successful programming for boys in the tweens--ages 8 to 12--and methods that can be used to put theory into practice. Covering genres that appeal to boys, the power of reading-related games, sports-themed library programming, and a well-run chess program, this compendium of ideas and recommendations will help both school and public librarians reach their young male constituents. The combination of practical programming recommendations and philosophical and statistical background makes for potent advocacy. RBBCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved