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Dr. Joanne Meier

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Giving boys a love of reading

November 22, 2011

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that one blog in my RSS feed is written by Lisa Belkin. Belkin's blog, Parentlode, can be found in the Huffington Post. Many of Belkin's posts speak to me on a personal level, and some circle into my professional life as well.

This week, Belkin bantered with Pam Allyn, author of Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys on the topic of giving boys a love of reading.

If you have boys, or have boys in your classroom, I recommend reading this post. In it you'll learn about an acronym READ (ritual, environment, access, and dialogue), ways to make reading part of the active lifestyle boys tend to lead, and a slideshow of humorous books boys might like. Enjoy!


I am a mom/teacher (I home school my 4th grade son & 8th grade niece). I have put an extra assignment into thier daily lesson plans. I like to call it our "Read A Book A Week" Log. Each child has to read a book every week. Every monday we discuss the book and after all our lessons are completed, we take a trip to the library to get a new book. The problem we are having is, they want to check out books that are not what I would call grade level reading books. My niece grabs the girly magazines and my son goes straight for the comic books or silly stuff like that. I would like to know if anyone has any tips or lists of grade appropriate books that I could get them to spark thier interest alot better than the things they seem to want to check out right now.

Joanne,thank you for writing about Pam and her book and Lisa Belkin. I work with Pam Allyn and would like to speak with you about joining forces with us for World Read Aloud Day on March 7th, 2012...can you email me at [email protected]

I have a boy that is a 4th grader and he disliked reading until 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'. He now loves to read because he found something he really enjoyed.

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