- Connecting Boys with Books: What Libraries Can Do by Michael Sullivan
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 11, Jeanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: I liked this book even better than the first one. The research on the learning differences between boys and girls was fascinating. I also greatly appreciate Mr. Sullivan's take on NCLB, how it implies that teachers are withholding good teaching from the students and that the politicians are out there to save the children from us.
I also thought it was interesting how after pointing out the discrepancies in the reading gaps between boys and girls, he concluded with the information that literacy d I liked this book even better than the first one. I also thought it was interesting how after pointing out the discrepancies in the reading gaps between boys and girls, he concluded with the information that literacy does not match with success outside of school.
I would love to see more information about that and whether or not scores on the standards show any relevancy to "real life" success.
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I intend to purchase copies for the curriculum library at school and try to incorporate many of his suggestions for ways to engage more boy readers. A solid analysis of why boys don't read much, accompanied by some ideas for changing that reality. Any teacher, librarian, or administrator - K - would probably benefit from this text. Sullivan makes plain that there is a problem in getting boys reading and keeping them literate, but not many professionals need convincing on that point.
I do appreciate that he makes clear why the scope of reading needs to be broad if we are to succeed with some readers: My only complaints are that it is a bit expensive and broadly directed, so if you're looking for strategies for a particular age group, it may be a little thin. A rather specific kind of book, obviously, but an interesting read for parents in general.
Yes, there are helpful points made on how to engage boys more with books: May 18, Stephen Starr rated it it was amazing. Even better than it's predecessor. Jul 13, Amy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Have and read the first book. John rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Connecting Boys with Books: What Libraries Can Do by Michael Sullivan
Return to Book Page. Connecting Boys with Books: What Libraries Can Do 4. From playing chess to swathing the walls in butcher paper to give boys a physical space to respond to books, Sullivan's practical ideas and developmentally astute insights show librarian and teacher colleagues how to make vitally needed connections with this underserved population. Paperback , pages. Published June 1st by American Library Association. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Connecting Boys with Books , please sign up.
Connecting Boys with Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap
Be the first to ask a question about Connecting Boys with Books. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The book is short but packed with information on WHY Chapters we should teach boys differently when it comes to reading, followed with some ways HOW to do just that. Just one statistic cited is: The title of Chapter 3: As we all know, girls tend to develop faster than boys, leading to a brain development lag of at least a year.
Sullivan outlines the psychological differences between genders as well: Influence of male role models or lack thereof is discussed.
Boys tend to read for information and in short bursts, unlike their female counterparts. In later chapters, Sullivan switches from outlining the problem to suggesting solutions. Here are some of the ideas Sullivan proposes educators and libraries can do to help: In Connecting Boys with Books 2, Michael Sullivan gives a passionate plea for teachers, parents, librarians, and community leaders to help boys learn to love reading.
He gives lots of startling statistics, most memorably: Having had most of my schooling in an all-female environment, I appreciated the insights that this book gave me into boys and their reading.
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Some of the statistics and assert In Connecting Boys with Books 2, Michael Sullivan gives a passionate plea for teachers, parents, librarians, and community leaders to help boys learn to love reading. Some of the statistics and assertions were hard for me to believe, so I'm interested to read what other authors have to say on the subject.
On the other hand, much of it rang true to me and seemed reflective of what I've seen as a children's librarian. Connecting Boys with Books 2 is a passionate introduction to boys' reading needs, and it's easy to read in short bursts too making a great lunch hour book for busy librarians. I highly recommend it to all school and public librarians. Jun 24, Jenny rated it liked it.
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Since this was for libraries and I'm not a librarian, I wasn't exactly Michael Sullivan's target audience. But I am a parent and I do have a boy and I want him to like books, so I picked it up anyway. My preschool-aged son loves reading so I don't have a problem yet, but several of my friends' sons no longer like books after reaching the age of 8 or so, and it's sort of freaked me out. This author is of the opinion that it is, but I'm still undecided. I really hate bathroom humor with a passion. My main take away from the book was that parents of non-reading boys need to be willing to explore other types of literature besides Newbery medal winners if I can't stomach Captain Underpants, at least sports thrillers and science fiction for their sons' sake.
Hopefully I won't need the lesson and my son will always love to read, but it's a handy piece of knowledge just in case. He is a traveling storyteller and a chess instructor, and once worked at the Boston Museum of Science as part of its overnight 'Camp-In' instructional program for children.
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