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  • an59 replied on 16 May 2012 at 14:22

    I wholeheartedly agree about the need to engage Boys in Reading, whether it be Fiction or Non-Fiction. Working as I do, in a School Library and also having a Teenage Son of my own, I know only too well how hard it can be to encourage a teenage boy to pick up a book and actually read it.You have to start at a point which will interest them and then work on that. I started with Non-Fiction, factual books that I would display for them all to see, when they came in for class reading lessons. For instance books that talk about The Grand Prix, Football, Skateboarding, learning to play an instrument or anything that would give them a taster of what they enjoyed as a hobby and would want to know more about.
    When choosing which books to buy I look for subjects in the story that I know will excite them and make them to want to read. Also Graphix books that incorporate comic strip drawings to help the story along are very popular.
    I have had alot of success in just a year with Boys from years 7-10 with reading, using this method. In fact I have more than doubled the amount of books flying off the shelves as loans. Now I can proudly say that I have as many Boys as I do Girls visiting the Library everyday.....and lending Books!

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