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Best Books for Boys


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Build a rewarding collection for boys with this guide to compelling fiction and nonfiction titles that will grab their attention and keep them reading. Organized by genre for easy access.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Chapter 1: Boys and Books Chapter 2: Humor Chapter 3: Nonfiction Chapter 4: Realistic Fiction Chapter 5: Fantasy Chapter 6: Historical Fiction Chapter 7: Poetry Chapter 8: Graphic Novels Chapter 9: I Can't Resist These

About the Author

MATTHEW D. ZBARACKI is Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, Rhode Island College, Providence. He is active in the International Reading Association and has presented on the topic of books for boys at its annual conference. He has also written for professional journals and co-authored two books for Heinemann, Listen Hear (2003) and Books and Beyond (2006).


"The first chapter focuses on factors that play into effectively selecting books for boys and offers concrete ways to use these criteria in a library or classroom setting, which will be appreciated by many professionals. The bulk of the text is devoted to annotated lists of books organized by genre (humor, fantasy, poetry, etc.). Each chapter is prefaced with a brief introduction, covering why the genre is appealing to boys and explaining the arrangement of the annotated lists....Zbaracki's relaxed writing style is accessible to all types of readers....Good source notes guide readers to additional writings on the topic and speak to the author's significant research in his field. Nicely indexed by author, title, and subject, this easy to navigate resource will complement most mid-sized and larger young adult readers' advisory collections." - VOYA
"This guide is arranged by genre and then by type of material (e.g., picture books, novels); the author, title, and subject indexes make it easy to use. There is an exceptionally useful chapter on graphic novels and their importance. The book will be helpful for those with a very limited knowledge of childrens books." - School Library Journal
"With the current concerns for hooking boys on reading and the difficulties boys have with getting and staying interested in books, this book will be a jewel...Highly Recommended." - Library Media Connection
"Zbaracki has collected 400 recommended titles that he feels will attract a male reader. The book begins with an excellent essay about reading and boys, which is followed by the annotated list of humor, realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, poetry, graphic novels, nonfiction, and modern classics." - Teacher Librarian
"Clearly Zbaracki has done his research. He has included the books that parents would want their sons reading and those which might be a little more risque that the boys desperately want to read. His mission is clear: get boys to read now. If your eyes glaze over at those reluctant male readers, or you have a boy who seems to have read everything in the universe, get this book in your hands. They will walk out with a good book, and hopefully a bounce in their step." - Colorado Association of Libraries
"Although geared toward the male audience, as indicated by the title, this work can also be of use to any librarian or educator working with students in grades 3 through 10 who wishes to find reading suggestions for their classes on these specific genres." - ARBA

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