Books For Boys
Suggestions by Michael Sullivan
Books About Boys, and Boys and Reading
(Not all of these are about boys per se, but some just deal with issues that affect
boys strongly.)

Boys and School:

Michael Gurian. Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents. Jossey-Basse,

Peg Tyre.
The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and
What Parents and Educators Must Do
. (Crown Publishers, 2008)

Richard Whitmire.
Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That's Leaving Them
(American Management Association, 2010)

Boys and Reading:

Alison M.G. Follos. Remarkable Books About Young People With Special Needs: Stories to Foster
(Huron Street Press, 2013)
For those kids with physical, emotional, or developmental disabilities, the feeling of "otherness" can be
overwhelming. But that sense of separateness also affects family members, caretakers, and those
whose lives intersect with the ones with disabilities. Literature can play a powerful role in bridging those
gaps and breaking down those walls. School librarian Alison Follos, who has spent her career working
at a special needs school, knows this better than anyone. In her slim volume she manages to build
empathy with special needs kids, explain how literature can change their lives, and introduce a wealth
of books featuring characters with various special needs.

Stephen Krashen. The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research. (Libraries Unlimitted, 2004)

Teri S. Lesesne.
Naked Reading: Uncovering What Tweens Need to Become Lifelong Readers.
(Stenhouse, 2006)

Daniel Pennac.
Better Than Life. (Stenhouse, 1999)

Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer.
Reading Matters: What
the Research Reveals About Reading, Libraries, and Community
. (Libraries Unlimited, 2006)

Michael W. Smith, Jeffrey D. Wilhelm.
Reading Don't Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men.
(Heinemann, 2002)

Michael Sullivan.
Connecting Boys With Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap. (American Library
Association, 2009)

Boys and Writing:

Fletcher, Ralph. Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices. (Stenhouse, 2006)

Boys' Brains

Louann Brizendine. The Male Brain. (Broadway Books, 2010)

Temple Grandin, Richard Panek.
The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum. (Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, 2013)
Yes, boys are far more likely to be autistic, but that isn't why every parent of a boy should read this book.
Yes, autistic behavior often looks like just extreme boy behavior, but that isn't it either. Grandin sees
differences in how the brain works in terms of strengths, not deficits, and not just identifying them but
using them to help autistics find the most meaningful path in life. This should be the approach to every
boy. Yes, every girl too, but fewer girls' differences are automatically classified as deficient, lazy, or just
wrong. That may be where boys and autistics have the most in common.

Carla Hannaford.
Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in Your Head. (Great Ocean Publishers, 1995)

Leonard Sax.
Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging
Science of Sex Differences.
Doubleday, 2005.

Boys and Culture:

Lisa Bloom. Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failin Schools, mass Joblessness.
and Thug Culture.
(Think Publications, 2012)

Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Diane E. Levin.
Who's Calling the Shots?: How to Respond Effectively to
Children's Fascination with War Play, War Toys and Violent TV.
(New Society Publishers, 1990)

Thomas Newkirk.
Misreading Masculinity: Boys, Literacy, and Popular Culture. (Heinemann, 2002)

Leonard Sax.
Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and
Underachieving Young Men
. (Basic Books, 2007)

Boys and Libraries:

Alison M. G. Follos. Reviving Reading: School Library Programming, Author Visits and Books that Rock!
(Libraries Unlimitted, 2006)

Michael Sullivan.
Connecting Boys With Books: What Libraries Can Do. (American Library Association,

Michael Sullivan.
Serving Boys Through Readers Advisory. (American Library Association, 2010)
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