- boring/no fun--39.3%
- no time/too busy--29.8%
- like other activities better--11.1%
- can’t get into the stories--7.7%
- I’m not good at reading-- 4.3%
- Boys are more inclined to read informational texts,magazines, and newspaper articles.
- Boys are more inclined to read graphic novels and comic books.
- Boys tend to resist reading stories about girls, whereas girls do not tend to resist reading stories about boys.
- Boys like to read about hobbies, sports, and things they might do or be interested in doing.
- Boys like to collect things and tend to like to collect series of books.
- Boys read less fiction than girls.
- Boys tend to enjoy escapism and humor, and some boys are passionate about science fiction or fantasy.
With those points in mind, here are some tips that can help encourage boys to read:
Tips and Strategies
- Model reading. Studies show that when parents read and have books around, both boys and girls are more likely to be readers.
- Give your boy a book. Giving books as gifts shows young people that books are special, valuable and important.
- Read aloud. Reaching out loud has been called the single most important activity to building success in reading.
- Make reading social. Invite boys to talk about something they’ve read—a book, newspaper article, or a story on the web. Encourage the social connection. People like to talk about what they’ve seen, done, experienced, and boys are no different. The right book can give boys something to connect with their friends about.
- Encourage men to read with boys.
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