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Connecting Boys with Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap
Michael Sullivan
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0979-9
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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128 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0979-9
Year Published: 2009
AP Categories: A, C, E, G

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In his hugely successful Connecting Boys with Books (2003), Sullivan delved into the problem that reading skills of pre-adolescent boys lag behind those of girls in the same age group. In this companion book, Sullivan digs even deeper, melding his own experiences as an activist with perspectives gleaned from other industry experts to help you
  • Learn about the books that boys love to read
  • Uncover the signs that point to the reading gap
  • Find creative new programming ideas to match boys’ interests
  • Establish a strategic blueprint for boys and reading
Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, Sullivan shows how to reinvigorate the sense of excitement that boys felt when they first heard a picture book being read aloud.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Five Years on the Front Lines

Chapter 1
    A Blueprint for Boys and Reading

Chapter 2 
   The Reading Gap

Chapter 3 
   Boys and Girls Are Different

Chapter 4 
   Read for Fun, Read Forever

Chapter 5 
   Exposing Boys to Story

Chapter 6
    Honoring Boys’ Literature

Chapter 7 
   Promoting Reading to Boys

Chapter 8 
   Creating the Culture of Literacy

Conclusion: Boys and Reading—What the Future Holds


About the Author

Michael Sullivan is the author of Connecting Boys With Books (American Library Association, 2003), The Fundamentals of Children’s Service (American Library Association, 2005), Connecting Boys With Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap (American Library Association, 2009), the Escapade Johnson series of children’s books and the juvenile fantasy The Sapphire Knight (PublishingWorks, 2009). He has spoken widely on the topics of boys and reading, library administration, and the future of public libraries. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, MA. He has won a U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Award, the Mom’s Choice Award for juvenile fiction, and was the 1998 New Hampshire Librarian of the Year. Sullivan earned his master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College.


"Chapter notes and related bibliographies add to the usefulness of this insightful and thought-provoking book. A must-read for librarians, teachers, parents, and anyone working with educating young boys."

“Deserves a place on the shelves of public, school libraries, and librarian training institutions.”
—Public Libraries

“This book will be of interest to librarians, reading and language arts teachers. It would also be a worthwhile supplementary text for literacy education, youth literature, and gender studies courses.”
--Education Libraries

"This is a valuable resource for teachers, librarians, and parents who want to understand boys and their reading."
--Catholic Library World

"This book contains many practical ideas that could be applied on a personal level for parents who are concerned with their boys’ reading levels, and equally the methods could be integrated into the library or educational environment."
--Collection Building

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Fundamentals of Children's Services, Second Edition
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