Welcome to Guys Read, a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.
Research shows that boys are having trouble reading, and that boys are getting worse at reading. No one is quite sure why. Some of the reasons are biological. Some of the reasons are sociological. The good news is that research also shows that boys will read — if they are given reading that interests them.
So the biggest part of this site is the collection of titles below. These are books that guys have told us they like.
Our idea is to help guys become readers by helping them find texts they want to read.
Get in there and start looking around. There is a little something for everyone.
And please help guys out by recommending more of your guy-favorites.
Guys Read is also multi-volume book set, each volume featuring ten of the best writers in different genres, hoping to serve as an introduction to writers and illustrators guys will want to know better. There are five so far, from HarperCollins: Funny Business, Thriller, The Sports Pages, Other Worlds, and True Stories.
Guys Read is also all of the clubs that keep the GR mission alive in libraries, classrooms, and living rooms from coast-to-coast and around the globe! (Here’s a map of all the field offices.)
Rashid and Quinn are seniors at the same high school, and both wondering what comes next.
Quinn’s worked his whole life for this basketball season when college scouts will be attending, the key to his future in their hands. Since his dad died in Afghanistan, he’s had to live up to his dad’s legendary-neighborhood status, but, “I wasn’t him. I’d never be him. But I was still supposed to try. That was my role: the dutiful son, the All-American boy with an All-American fifteen-foot deadeye jump shot and an All-American 3.5 GPA.”
Rashid is in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. His dad is “one of those dudes who feels like there’s no better opportunity for a black boy in this country than to join the army.” But Rashid is more interested in art, in drawing, in putting life to pictures. On friday night, Rashid dips in a corner store for some chips. And through circumstance and history America keeps re-living, he leaves the corner store being thrown into the cement by a police officer and beaten. He ends up in the hospital with cracked ribs and a broken nose.
And Quinn saw the whole thing.
Soon people are picking teams, and picking sides.
And futures are at stake, and more futures than theirs.
This engaging, timely novel co-authored by celebrated (and GR favorite) authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely is perfect to spurn thoughts and discussion for young people trying to make sense of a lot of recent current events.
Ever have a creepy stuffed animal? Maybe given to you by someone? One that you couldn’t get rid of?
From the second his parents give Adam the stuffed koala, he hates it. It’s creepy. It’s “the most terrible terrible” to him. He tries to hide it in far corners of his room when he goes to bed each night. BUT WHEN HE WAKES UP IN THE MORNING, IT IS RIGHT NEXT TO HIM ON HIS PILLOW.
This is one seriously creepy koala, and one masterful picture book that’s a perfect blend of funny and creepy, and both great as a bed time read or a story-time group book. This one will have kids shouting, and quite possibly both hating and loving the creepy, HORRIBLE koala.