Below are some great articles about the importance of reading:
Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope? The New York Times
How to get your kid to be a fanatic reader CNN article by James Patterson
The Medium Is The Medium The New York Times
“But Mom, I hate to read:” Tips for reluctant readers Greatschools.org
Wonderful video about reading:
Inspiring Reluctant Readers The New York Times interview with authors James Patterson & Rick Riordan
Books just for boys:
Guys Read Great book recommendations by guys for guys! Everything is sorted by theme: Classics, Robots, War, Series, Funny, Sports, etc.
D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Favorite Read-Alouds <–This site lists all the books by age groups
American Library Association <–I love this website and use it a lot as a teacher! They are frequently updating their website with new recommendations for boys and girls of all ages.
Read Kiddo Read <–James Patterson’s website which gives recommendations by age groups
Appropriateness of Books:
Young Adult books range from middle school through high school. I keep a library in my classroom full of books for students to check-out on a daily basis. I think it is important that they have books readily available to them within an arm’s reach to encourage them to read. I have a lot of conversations throughout the school year about the appropriateness of books at their age level. Some books may not have a high lexile but may deal with mature subject matter. Therefore, I urge them to talk with their parents at home regarding if they are uncomfortable with them reading certain books, such as Stephen King, Emmy Labourne, etc.
I may ask students for a permission slip (e-mail, letter from a parent, phone call, etc.) before I let them check-out these books from the classroom library.
If you are ever unsure about the appropriateness of a book for your student you can read some reviews by parents and students at the following website: Common Sense Media