Resources for Readers

Tips for Reading with Kids
  • Give kids Control and Choice in their reading selections
  • Make it FUN, light, enjoyable
  • Use humor when appropriate
  • Keep the reading flow going – don’t bog down in decoding (sounding out words)
  • Ask questions during reading – about the meaning of  the story or parts of the story, rather than questioning about words and sounds of letters

Reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.

Tips for reading aloud – from Reading is Fundamental
Tips from kids for parents – Reading Rockets
Tips for teaching kids to enjoy reading – from Parent’s Choice


Recommended Read-Aloud Books for all ages
Daddy Read – read aloud books
Reading Rants! – Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists

Audiobooks & Resources – it doesn’t have to be in print!

Books Should Be Free – Free audio books to download for mp3 or iPod
AudioBooks for Free
LibriVox – free audio books from the public domain – listen free online or purchase to keep – subscribe and purchase audiobooks
Free Kindle Reading Apps for your PC, Android phone, Mac, etc.

Resources for reading with iPods, iTouches, iPads, etc.

Apple Apps for Education

Especially for Boys/Men
Top 10 Books for Men – Esquire Magazine
100 Must Read Books – The Essential Man’s Library

What’s so different about boys?

Some of the research on boys and reading reveals:

  • Boys take longer than girls to develop comparable reading skills (According to the National Center for Education Statistics, teen females have outperformed teen males on reading assessments at a relatively constant rate from 1971 to 2008.) By middle school they are nearly 1 & 1/2 years behind girls in reading.
  • Boys of all ages generally read less than girls.
  • Middle school aged boys believe reading is much harder than it was in elementary school.
  • Boys claim reading becomes less enjoyable as they become older. (Perhaps because we make them read and interpret genres they cannot connect to?)
  • Boys value reading as an activity less than girls do. (When reading doesn’t help me “become a man”, why bother?)
  • Boys “almost never recommend books to each other.” (Pirie, 2002, p. 80).
  • More middle school boys declare themselves “non-readers” than do girls. By high school nearly 50% make that distinction.
  • Boys and girls express interest in reading different things, and they do read different things.
  • Boys are less likely to talk about or overtly respond to their reading than girls are. (Girls are inherently more verbally expressive)
  • Boys prefer active responses to reading in which they physically act out responses, or do something, or make something. (Smith and Wilhelm, 2002)

Boys and Reading: Strategies for Success
Reading is for the boys (and girls)!

Helping Underachieving Boys Read Well and Often
Reading Don’t Fix No Chevy’s by Smith and Wilhelm
Teenage Boys and High School English by Bruce Pirie
Connecting Boys with Books and Connecting Boys with Books 2 by Michael Sullivan

This resource list is always under construction. If you know of good ideas or research or resources on reading with kids that may be helpful to others, please share them by posting a comment below.

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