Posts Tagged ‘books for boys’

The New and Improved Guysread.com

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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Guysread.com, a website created by author Jon Scieszka to promote literacy among guys, has a brand-new look!  Check out new sections including “Guy Downloads” where kids can download bookmarks, bookplates, and more.  There is also a blog and a resource section that includes their mission statement, websites and “guys in the press.”  Find great books for guys at all different reading levels in all different areas of interests.  I’ve recommended this website a lot in the past and have found it exceedingly helpful.  Happy exploring!

Boats, Airplanes, Cars, Trains, Trucks: the Books of Patricia Hubbell

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Patricia Hubbell has a wonderful collection of books centering around things that go.  Written with rhyming verse and interesting illustrations, her books will appeal  to young children, especially boys.  “Single-wing and biplanes./ Searching-from-the-sky planes./ Mail planes./ Weather planes./ Bringing-us-together planes” are lines from Airplanes: Soaring! Turning! Diving!  Throughout the books, Hubbell shows these boats, airplanes, cars, trains, and trucks in motion and doing their jobs.  At the end of each book, she concludes, “They do their jobs…and then they rest.” 

The illustrations by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy are colorful and labeled to help children learn the different components of the machines being discussed.  In Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising!, readers learn the parts of a four-mast ship: stern, jiggermast, crow’s nest, mizzenmast, mainmast, foremast, bow, prow, and figurehead.  In Trains: Steaming! Pulling! Huffing!, they come to know the jobs involved with trains: conductor, porter, engineer, cook, and waiter.

Here’s a list of the books mentioned here.  I hope you enjoy them!

Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble!

Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising!

Trains: Steaming! Pulling! Huffing!

Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming!

Airplanes: Soaring! Turning! Diving!

Books for Guys

Monday, July 6th, 2009

We have recently added two new websites to our kids’ room page on the library’s website.  These sites are geared towards finding books for boys to read and enjoy.  Guys Read was put together by author and former teacher, Jon Scieszka, to increase literacy among boys.  The mission statement for the website speaks to the problems that arise when it comes to guys and books.  Guys Read provides lists of recommended books for different ages levels as well as links to authors that may be of interest.  This website is very well put together and will appeal to guys, young and old.

Getting Boys to Read is another newly added website to our list.  Here, people write in with suggestions on how to make reading interesting to boys as well as bring attention to news stories and other information that may be beneficial to those involved with introducing reading to guys.  Some of the topics that have been brought up on this website are, “Digital Storytelling: Engaging Boys with Technology,” “Jack Perlutsky Helps Boys to Love Poetry,” “11 Tips to Help Boys Find the Right Books,” and “Getting Boys to Read During Summer Vacation: The Backyard Camp.”

Find these websites and more on the databases and websites page of the kids’ room.