Recent Resources for Boys and Reading

By Lois Huffman, Ph.D. and Roz Moffitt, M.Ed.Boys and Reading Update Picture

In 2007 we did our first presentation on “Boys and Reading” at a Title I Summer Reading Institute for the Wake County Public School System. During the late 2000s, we presented several more workshops and a couple NCRA conference sessions on boy friendly reading instruction. Although we have recently expanded our focus to girls and reading, we are still committed to the literacy development and school and career success of our male students.

We are pleased that more people have jumped on the boys and reading bandwagon and that additional books and articles have been published on the topic in the last several years.  Below is a list of some of these recent print and digital resources. Please note that inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement of an author, content, or publisher/sponsor.

Print: For Teachers and Parents

Allyn, P. (2011). Pam Allyn’s best books for boys: How to engage boys in reading in ways that will change their lives. New York: Scholastic.

Bloom, L. (2012). Swagger: 10 urgent rules for raising boys.  New York: Vantage Point.

Kafele, B. K. (2009). Motivating black males to achieve in school and in life. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

King, K. (2013). Writing the playbook: A practitioner’s guide to creating a boy friendly school. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Tatum, A. (2009). Reading for their life: (Re)building the textual lineages of African American adolescent males. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Whitmire, R. (2010). Why boys fail: Saving our sons from an educational system that’s leaving them behind.  New York: AMACOM.

Print: For Boys

Scieszka, J. (Ed.) (2010). Guys read: Funny stories. New York: Walden Pond Press.
Scieszka, J. (Ed.) (2011). Guys read: Thrillers. New York: Walden Pond Press.
Scieszka, J. (Ed.) (2012). Guys read: The sports pages. New York: Walden Pond Press.


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What are you and your colleagues doing to support boys’ literacy development? What resources on boys and reading have been especially helpful?

Please let us know by emailing or We would love to include your ideas and experiences in a future post on Reading Corps.