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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 8
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources (Theory an (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545204550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545204552
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pam Allyn is the Executive Director of LitLife and LitWorld, nationally and internationally known literacy development organizations that provide innovative, results-driven literacy strategy support for grades pre-K-12. She is the Founding Director of Books for Boys, an award winning reading initiative. Pam is the author of two books, The Complete 4 for Literacy and the 2010 National Parenting Magazine Award Winner What to Read When. She is also the co-author of The Complete Year in Reading and Writing series, K–5.

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Pam Allyn is the Executive Director and founder of LitWorld, a global organization advocating for children's rights as readers, writers and learners. She is also the Executive Director and founder of LitLife, a national organization dedicated to school improvement. She is the author of the acclaimed and award-winning What To Read When: The Books and Stories To Read With Your Child-And All The Best Times To Read Them (Penguin Avery). Her most recent book is Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys: How To Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives (Scholastic). Her forthcoming book Your Child's Writing Life (Penguin Avery) will debut in August 2011.

Pam is widely known as a motivational speaker advocating for reading and writing as human rights that belong to all people. Her personal quest to bring literacy to every child stems from a deeper desire to bring dignity to every child, and to empower children to read and write powerfully, effectively and with passion in ways that will change their worlds and the worlds of others. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Oprah Radio, The Huffington Post and in The New York Times.

Pam is on the English Language Arts Scope and Sequence Advisory Group for the New York City Department of Education, and the Advisory Boards of the Dream Charter School in Harlem, the Amherst College Center for Community Engagement, James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead, Penguin Publishing's We Give Books and the Millennium Cities Initiative Social Sector.

Visit pamallyn.com for more info on Pam's work.

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I think the magical moments of reading together occur when I am able to find a book that connects with them.
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Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys is an excellent resource for parents and educators who want to make reading an enjoyable experience for boys.
Alyce Reese
Some books in each list include extras such as "if you like this book read:" or "talk about it" discussion questions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C Krol on June 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book shares some wonderful information about how boys feel about reading and how the things that parents and teachers do can help cultivate the way they feel about reading throughout their life.
Why the focus on books for boys? The author provides wonderful statistical information that answers this question. She shares one study done by the National Endowment for the Arts that showed that by 12th grade, boy's average 13 points lower than girls on proficiency tests.
One of the main things that I took away from this book is that teachers may not be giving boys books that they WANT to read. Boys should be allowed and even encouraged to read a variety of topics as well as genres. This can include video/computer games, sports page/magazines, comic books/graphic novels, text messages, web sites, and blogs. Another wonderful resource available in this book is an annotated list of book titles and series available that might interest boys. This list is broken up into emerging, developing, and maturing levels and into several topics, such as Action and Adventure and Comic Books and Graphic Novels. I plan to spend time this summer reorganizing my classroom library and adding in some of the books listed in Best Books for Boys that I know will interest my male students!
I highly recommend this book for all teachers. The extensive list of books sorted by level and topic will be something that I pull off the shelf to refer to for years to come. It is a wonderful resource for teachers for all grade school and middle school teachers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CB on June 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pam Allyn presents great insights to ways to get boys involved and excited about reading. She provides an excellent list of books for different reading levels.
A great book to have on hand when selecting books with boy readers in mind!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alyce Reese on May 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys is an excellent resource for parents and educators who want to make reading an enjoyable experience for boys.

The book begins with an explanation of the different reading styles and tastes that boys may have, and the value of finding materials that are both age appropriate and at the right reading level. She gives a variety of suggestions of ways to encourage readers, including recognition of non-traditional book reading (such as comic books).

The bulk of the book is a reference guide of book lists that is divided by topic and then sub-divided by reading level. Some of the topics include: Action/Adventure, Biographies/Memoirs, Comic Books/Graphic Novels, History, How-to, Sports, and many more. Each section is broken down into books by reading level (Emerging, Developing, and Maturing).

The book lists include short plot summaries of the main titles that are recommended. Sometimes discussion questions are included, as well as lists of titles for further reading (e.g. if you like this book then you'll also like...).

What I liked best about the book is that it was compiled from the recommendations and preferences of boys themselves. The true test though was whether or not I would find my own sons' favorites on those lists, and I did find many books that my boys have read and loved. In fact there were only two series of books that my boys love that I couldn't find in the book. Overall I was very impressed with what I found.

Not every boy is going to want to read "boyish" books, but this volume is an excellent reference book to go to as a starting place. I've already been able to make one recommendation to my nine year old that was received enthusiastically.
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I read this book along with the Read Aloud Handbook last year, to help with ideas for my son. We have been reading aloud to him since he was born, daily. He is 8 now, and has been a reluctant reader and reading at the lowest level for grade since starting kindergarten. He would sit and listen to us read for hours, but reading himself - no fun for him. For awhile, I was content to have him focus on what he enjoyed, which was math, but last year I really tried to peak his interest in his own reading. This guide has been wonderful, and I have been overjoyed to find him numerous times over the last year, asleep with the light on and a book on his chest.

The keys to our son were graphic novels like Amulet and Bird and Squirrel, and other books listed here in this guide. He is absolutely in love with the Warriors series, Wayside school, and several other books here. I'm so glad I bought this book.
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I am ALWAYS looking for ways to grow in my literacy instruction, and Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives did not disappoint. Allyn encourages teachers to incorporate choice into reading as much as possible. She takes choice to a new level, though, encouraging teachers to help students see that newspapers, instruction manuals, sports stats, and web pages are all text that we can offer as options to our students. Allyn challenged me to rethink some of my ideas about teaching literacy, especially to boys. The philosophy in the first parts of the book will be something I read again to refresh my memory as the school year starts, but just as valuable is the second big chunk of the book: a detailed annotated bibliography of book suggestions for boys, some of which include helpful "Talk About It" questions. Gold mine! If you are a teacher or parent, definitely add Best Books for Boys to your summer reading list!
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