Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives Paperback – May 1, 2011
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Pre-order the official script book today. Kindle | Hardcover
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
A great book to have on hand when selecting books with boy readers in mind!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a quick read, with most of it a helpful annotated list of great reads for boys.
At the beginning of the book, Pam spends time explaining why we need to focus on... Read more
As a library media specialist I see first hand the challenges of getting boys interested in reading and finding the right book that might spark their interest. Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by Jennifer Stone
This book was a great reference for different books out there for kids. It was broken down by genres, which was great since my older boy loves adventure/mysteries! Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by Book Loving Mommy
I know few people more passionate about literacy than Pam Allyn. I reviewed her last book What To Read When last year and still refer to it before every visit to our local... Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Book Dads
I love that this book exists! Just reading Pam Allyn's title and subtitle inspires and encourages me.
Pam Allyn has spent years encouraging kids to read. Read more
Pam Allyn's new book for boys is wonderful. The first 30 some pages has insight into boys and literacy. You don't have to be an expert to understand it. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by The Boy Reader