Parents' Guide to

Guys Read

By Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Book site for "guys" assures boys that reading is cool.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Great suggestions to encourage boy readers.

This site is such a great idea. I checked it out and told my son about it. We now refer to it when he wants to read a new book. I do think its for kids starting to read K-1 and up. However.. they have a few suggestions for a younger audience. My son knows he will get a "cool' book suggestion from this site. They had him at "guys'.

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Statistical fact: Boys fall farther behind girls in reading skills every year. To address this alarming trend, dad and best-selling children's author Jon Scieszka decided to create a Web-based national literacy program for boys. Guys Read, a huge online list of books and authors recommended "by guys for guys," has boy appeal, with a bold, handsome design and frank, funny writing. Books are divided into "guy" genres, some humorous such as "at least one explosion".

Famous male authors like Daniel Handler drop in to share their favorite "guy" books. To expand reading's appeal for boys the site lists sports magazines, comics and books on tape, too. So far, so great. There's just one problem: most listings don't have a description or age level, just genre and number of pages. Without these crucial details, the recommendations aren't very useful. When this is fixed, Guys Read will be a valuable resource for parents and their book-shy sons.

Website Details

  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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