Helping Boys Love Reading

Publisher Lee & Low has put together a great set of answers from male authors and illustrators on what got them to make reading an important part of their lives; on what they’d like to say to boys who don’t read; and on what some of the biggest challenges are in getting boys to read. Some interesting reading, here. Check it out.

Thanks to Max Elliot Anderson for the link.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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4 Responses to Helping Boys Love Reading

  1. Madison says:

    I have several MG story ideas for boys and I’ve interviewed the boys at my church, asking what they look for in writing so they will read. You know what they all say? “More dialouge, less description. We have good enough imaginations to see what’s going on around a character without being told every detail. Keep the characters talking because that keeps the story going.”

    Straight from MG boys mouths! 😀

  2. When I was a boy, I never liked to read because the stories and books I started to read could never keep my attention or interest. There was always too much description, with too much detail. I wanted to create my own ideas of how some of the caracters looked like or how the scenery was, but all the details destroyed my imagination and didn’t allow me to interact wih the story.
    When my daughter turned three, she asked me to tell her stories, which led to writing my own books. When I saw an agent, she told me that my books have too much dialouge and not enough description and detail, luckily, I didn’t listen to her. The boys who have read my books really like them and have given me lots of positive feedback. I guess, the choise is with the reader.
    Thank you.
    Oliver Neubert

  3. Cheryl says:

    Madison, that’s a fantastic nugget of information. Thank you for sharing it. It’s something I like, myself, in books–more dialogue, and definitely less description!

  4. Cheryl says:

    Oliver, it’s good to keep hold of what worked for you in books you yourself read–I think that helps a lot in writing.

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