Recommended Resources: Boys and Literacy

Posted: 10/09/2011 in Recommended Resources, Recommended Resources: Boys and Literacy

Click the “Recommended Resources” link above to find useful resources for engaging boys in literacy.  Enjoy!

Boys & Literacy

Here is a list of useful resources for anyone wanting to know more about promoting literacy among adolescent males.

guys   Guys Read – Library of Sports Stories from John Scieszka

To be a Boy, to be a Reader: Engaging Teen and Preteen Boys in Active LiteracyBrozo, W. G. (2010). To be a boy, to be a reader: Engaging teen and preteen boys in active literacy (2nd ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Cantey, C., Bach, J., & Bickmore, S. T. (2009/2010). Why we read what middle school boys are reading. SIGNAL Journal, 33(1), 3-7.

Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About ItGallagher, K. (2009). Readicide: How schools are killing reading and what you can do about it. Portland, NE: Stenhouse Publishers.

Hall, C., & Coles, M. (2001). Boys, books and breaking boundaries: Developing literacy in and out of school. In W. Martino & B. Meyenn (Eds.), What about the boys? Issues of masculinity in schools (pp. 211-221). Buckingham, England: Open University Press.

Boys Jones, L. A. (2016). From boys to men: Rhetorics of emergent American masculinity. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Lee, E. B., & Browne, L. A. (2009). African American student athletes and sports media consumption. Journal of Black Studies, 40(2), 238-251.

Lipsyte, R. (2011, August 19). Boys and reading: Is there any hope? New York Times. Retrieved September 29, 2011, from

Mahiri, J. (1994). African American males and learnings: What discourse in sports offers schooling. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 25(3), 364-375.

Mahiri, J., & Sablo, S. (1996). Writing for their lives: The non-school literacy of California’s urban African American youth. The Journal of Negro Education, 65(2), 164-180.

Product DetailsNewkirk, T. (2002). Misreading masculinity: Boys, literacy, and popular culture. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

"Reading Don't Fix No Chevys": Literacy in the Lives of Young MenSmith, M. W., & Wilhelm, J. D. (2002). Reading don’t fix no Chevys.Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Smith, M. W., & Wilhelm, J. D. (2009). Boys and literacy: Complexity and multiplicity. In L. Christenbury, R. Bomer, & P. Smagorinsky (Eds.), Handbook of adolescent literacy research (pp. 360-371).New York: The Guilford Press.

Sommers, C. H. (2013, October). What Schools Can Do to Help Boys Succeed. Time. Retrieved October 29, 2013, from

The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must DoTyre, P. (2009). The trouble with boys: A surprising report card on our sons, their problems at school, and what parents and educators must do. New York: Three Rivers Press.

Van Duinen, D. V. (2013). More complicated than you think: Exploring the relationships between teen boys’ identities and their sports-related literacy practices. Journal of Sport and Society, 3(3), 65-78.

Van Duinen, D. V. (2013). Teen boys’ overlooked and undervalued literacy practices. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 57(1), 20.

Watson, A., Kehler, M., & Martino, W. (2010). The problem of boys’ literacy underachievement: Raising some questions. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53(5), 356-361.

White, B. (2007). Are girls better readers than boys? Which boys? Which girls? Canadian Journal of Education, 30(2), 554-581.

Worthy, J., Moorman, M., & Turner, M. (1999). What Johnny likes to read is hard to find in school. Reading Research Quarterly, 34(1), 12-27.

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