Scary, Gross, and Enlightening Books for Boys Grades 3-12
  • Scary, Gross, and Enlightening Books for Boys Grades 3-12
  • Scary, Gross, and Enlightening Books for Boys Grades 3-12

Scary, Gross, and Enlightening Books for Boys Grades 3-12

by Deborah B. Ford
     
 

Finally, a book to help educators promote sure-fire reading pleasers to boy readers in grades 3–12!

• Chapters center on the common themes of "boy books" for grades 3-12, including sports, sci-fi and fantasy, graphic novels, mystery and adventure, and more

• Offers reproducible lessons and activities

• Includes a chapter on professional

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Overview

Finally, a book to help educators promote sure-fire reading pleasers to boy readers in grades 3–12!

• Chapters center on the common themes of "boy books" for grades 3-12, including sports, sci-fi and fantasy, graphic novels, mystery and adventure, and more

• Offers reproducible lessons and activities

• Includes a chapter on professional titles relevant to the various themes of the suggested books

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"After citing national studies that examine test scores, reading levels, and drop-out rates, Ford gets right to the point: to encourage readers we must provide them with books they will enjoy and plenty of choices. By doing this, and by acknowledging different learning styles, teachers and librarians can play a part in creating successful educational experiences for students. But that's not all. . . . Her superb recommendations include a variety of titles and formats. For each book included, interest and reading levels are noted, which will aid those looking for material for students reading both below and above the grade standard. Brief annotations provide plot descriptions and highlight the appeal of a particular book, and throughout Scary, Gross, and Entertaining Web sites, teaching tips, and bits of information about authors and titles to share with a class are offered in shaded boxes. The author encourages educators to try some 'non- traditional' activities to get books into the hands of reluctant readers. Her numerous suggestions range from playing '20 Questions' to planning a special event.

"Despite the fact that the most recent titles listed are 2008 publications, this book can be used for inspiration and as a collection development tool. (If you can't get a handle on your students' changing tastes, poll your class with Ford's 'Reading Interest Survey.')" - School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections

"Ford, an award-winning library media specialist and speaker, surveys exciting books that will capture the imaginations of boys in grades 3–12, covering nonfiction, graphic novels, mystery and adventure, sports, sci-fi and fantasy, humor, history, books that were made into movies, read aloud titles, and classic works. Each genre chapter includes entries with bibliographic information and brief synopses, teaching tips, and related web connections for authors, organizations, characters, books, museums, and clubs. Some of the suggested titles are not what librarians and teachers would usually consider 'great literature,' but are guaranteed to get boys to read." - Reference & Research Book News

"Although the title suggests that these books will be of primary interest to boys, teachers and librarians looking for appealing, quality titles for any reader will find a wealth of suggestions here." - School Library Journal

"Recommended." - Library Media Connection

School Library Journal
Citing studies and describing the academic risks boys face, Ford challenges educators to help boys become more successful readers and students. Nine chapters cover nonfiction, graphic works, sports, mystery and adventure, humor, fantasy and science fiction, war and history, books with male characters, titles that have become movies, and read-alouds that meet national curriculum standards. Entries include a brief synopsis along with the publisher's interest-level recommendation and a reading level calculated by averaging three standard tools. Throughout, activities are highlighted, and Web resources are included at the end of each chapter. Appendixes offer a number of lists, including "Selected Books That Have Worked for Years," "Professional Books," "Great Book Sources for All Readers," and a "Reading Interest Survey" to use with students. Although the title suggests that these books will be of primary interest to boys, teachers and librarians looking for appealing, quality titles for any reader will find a wealth of suggestions here. The most recent entries were published in 2008, but educators can log onto the author's blog for a list of her 2009 suggestions.—Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586833442
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/19/2009
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Deborah B. Ford is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools.

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