Monday, September 19, 2011

Unto the Breach

Unto the Breach is about three boys who set out on a sailing adventure on Lake Ontario, and things go awry. They boys must make life-altering decisions for survival that test their inner strength, their relationships and force them to make decisions most children would never have to at that age. Unto the Breach leaves the door open to a variety of interesting discussions between boys and their friends, with parents, book clubs, special interest groups (like sailing) and online (for those involved in the social network world).

Click here to learn more about Unto the Breach.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Transforming Boys Into Lifelong Readers Workshop

Course Description: Prepare educators, parents and guardians to be more effective in transforming boys into lifelong readers. Focus on reluctant-readers, address the 4th grade reading slump, and narrow the gender reading gap between boys and girls.

You will learn:

• How to better connect with your boy
• The most up-to-date research on gender and learning
• How educators should consider gender as they design and implement lesson plans

New programs should include:
• Energy-focused activities
• Seating and room arrangement
• Graphics Novels and Non-fiction
• Implementation of high-interest fiction into curriculum
• Gender-friendly resources and materials
• Parent and volunteer involvement

You will learn: (continued)
• Strategies to deliver boy-friendly teaching tips and techniques so that each teacher and parent is better prepared to engage boys in reading activities
• Strategies to improve the primarily female teaching staff members’ skills when interacting with boys
• Strategies for fully maximizing schools current resources (books currently in library)

Course Details

Dates: October 21-22 and November 5-6

Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cost: $275.00

Location: Seattle

Continuing Education Credit: Receive one continuing education credit from Seattle University

Limited Seats: To register, email

HOST A WORKSHOP IN YOUR CITY! If you host a workshop in your city, you will receive free tuition. Send an email to for more details.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to school everyone! Boys Read looks forward to supporting your efforts in transforming boys into lifelong readers. Educators and parents are more challenged than ever this year. I'll do my best to keep good books that appeal to boys coming your way. Below are two articles you may find interesting. The first is an interview that I had with Education Week earlier in the summer. The second is an excellent essay
(Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope?) that summaries why boys don't like to read. The future of our boys is in our hands! Thank you all very much for your continued interest and support. Please be sure to mention Boys Read as an excellent resource for parents and teachers when speaking to your friends.

Click here for Education Week.
Click here for Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope?