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Serving Boys through Readers’ Advisory
Michael Sullivan
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1022-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $49.00
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160 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1022-1
Year Published: 2010
AP Categories: A, C, G

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Based on more than twenty years’ experience working to get boys interested in reading, Michael Sullivan now offers his first readers’ advisory volume. With an emphasis on nonfiction and the boy-friendly categories of genre fiction, the work offers a wealth of material including
  • Suggestions for how to booktalk one-on-one as well as in large groups
  • Methods of performing indirect readers’ advisory by working with parents or teachers
  • Lists of great authors for boys in the various genres and over five hundred recommended books
  • Lists of read-alikes as well as titles to offer a boy in place of a book he did not like or would not read
Complete with hundreds of suggested titles, booktalks, and lists to help turn boys into rabid readers!
Table of Contents


1    Why Boys Are Different
2    What Is Boys’ Lit?
3    The Readers’ Advisory Interview
4    Special Circumstances
5    Booktalking for Boys
6    Booktalks for Elementary School Boys
7    Booktalks for Middle School Boys
8    Booktalks for High School Boys
9    Indirect Readers’ Advisory
10    Book Lists for Boys: Nonfiction
11    Book Lists for Boys: Humor
12    Book Lists for Boys: Fantasy
13    Book Lists for Boys: Science Fiction
14    Book Lists for Boys: Gothic Horror
15    Book Lists for Boys: Action, Adventure, and Mystery
16    Book Lists for Boys: Sports
17    Book Lists for Boys: Visual Storytelling
18    Book Lists for Boys: Historical Fiction
19    Book Lists for Boys: Realistic Fiction
20    Classic Retellings
21    Great Authors for Boys
22    Read-Alikes
23    If Your First Thought Is . . .




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 (Publishing Works, 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.

"While many teachers and librarians will be tempted to go directly to the up-to-date, annotated genre booklists that form the gist of this smart and lively guide to reader’s advisory for boys, they won’t want to miss Sullivan’s insights honed from two decades of motivating males to take up reading ... This is a must-have resource chock full of information for anyone interested in turning guys on to the written word."
--NoveList School News

"Sullivan’s experience shines through in this book, as it has with his other works ... It is refreshing to see a readers’ advisory work that offers more than book lists but also provides the reader with some interesting insight to the workings of young boys’ minds."
--Australian Library Journal

"This book belongs on the shelves of both public and school libraries."
--Public Libraries

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