As an educator I have watched, for over 30 years now, as boys have had fewer and fewer opportunities to read inspiring boy books. Some well meaning teachers and librarians have misunderstood boys and have foolishly taken away books with competition, fighting, war, hunting, subjects that are slimy, gross or just plain muddy or messy. This has left many boys with books that are all about “sugar and spice and everything nice.” But as the poem goes, because boys are “made of snips and snails and puppy-dog’s tails” they have been left with fewer and fewer books they find interesting that will keep them motivated to read.Continue reading
Educator and advocate Mark Strohm will be developing Boys Read Club. Mark has overseen the the transformation of two Elementary School libraries and one Middle School library to include more reader friendly books. He personally helped drive the inclusion of books with specific interest to boys.
Mark has personally inspired and motivated many children to read through school wide emphasis, parental encouragement and help, and built in motivation in reading curriculum.
Check back with us early February for our launch of the Boys Reading Club.