S t r a t e g ie s t o M o t iv a t e B o yR e a d e r s in t h e L ib r a r y Created by: Collette Knight Sam Houston State University July 5, 2010
Questions• How can librarians and educators motivate young males to read?• What types of strategies exist that encourage and motivate young males to read?• What types of genres currently interest boy readers?• How are librarians addressing the needs and interests of boy readers?
R e s e a r c h H ig h lig h t s• Current research on reading motivation finds that as children move from upper elementary grades toward adolescence, motivation to read declines. (Edwards, May 2009)• It is important to consider the range of reading resources and to what extent they represent the reading practices of young boys. (Atkinson, 2009)• According to a national survey by YALSA in 2001, boys of avg age of 14 list top obstacles to reading: – Boring/no fun 39% – 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 it 4.3%
G a m in g• 97% of teens consider themselves as “gamers”• Librarians must have an objective• Choose Games wisely• Games are Interactive, Hands On, & Engaging• Games help students practice critical thinking & problem solving skills• Games can be paired with books!
Graphic Novels• Studies suggest reading graphic novels could effect intrinsic motivation, vocabulary, and comprehension ability in 7th graders. (Edwards, May 2009)
Audiobooks• “One way to get boys more engaged with the listening/reading experience is to give them characters that sound the way they were written to be -- voiced by professional narrators and even full casts. Mary Burkey, Multiple Literacies, 2 0 0 9 ALA Conference.”• PLAYAWAYS: A new medium• Listening is not cheating!
Environment “Good librarians will take the time and energy to do thethings that boys need to feel part of the library.” Submitted by Mike McQueen to www.GettingBoysToRead.com • Color • Layout • Areas • Furniture • Space
Eye Catching Displays• Military Recognition & History• Fantasy• Science• Movies (Action, Sci Fi)• Popular Games (Pokemon, Wii, XBox)• Celebrate Comics/Graphic Novels• CD Covers
Genres for Boy Readers• Sports • Non Fiction• Science Fiction • Magazines• Fantasy • Newspapers• Humor (Grosser the • How-To Topics better) • Graphic Novels• Autobiographies • Comic Books• Science • Short Stories
F in a l T h o u g h t s• Many factors contribute to whether young males will be motivated to read.• Research exists that describes what works and what interests young male readers.• Technology can contribute to creating interest and engagement in the reading process.• We must recognize that young male readers differ from young girl readers and do better at providing displays, literacy choices and activities that equally reflect this.• All readers should feel comfortable in libraries and educational settings.