Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Resource Alert: Guys Lit Wire

In chapater 10 of The Joy of Children's Literature, I discuss boys' preferences for "texts that connect directly to their lives--desires, concerns, experiences--and that are appropriately challenging and in which they can become totally immersed" (p. 279). What are those books, you ask? Well, a new blog, Guys Lit Wire, will help teachers, librarians, parents, and other adults find books with which teen aged boys will connect.

From Guys Lit Wire:

Guys Lit Wire was created after a broad discussion among YA bloggers within the lit blogosphere about the lack of books for teenage boys. There seems to be a perception that boys don't read as much as girls, especially teenage boys. As the YA Columnist for Bookslut it has been especially clear to me that whether or not boys want to read more, finding books for boys is not so easy. There are so many more books targeted toward female readers than male that it is really quite amazing - and also very disturbing.

So we decided to do something about it.

Guys Lit Wire exists solely to bring literary news and reviews to the attention of teenage boys and the people who care about them. We are more than happy to welcome female readers - but our main goal is to bring the attention of good books to guys who might have missed them. The titles will be new or old and on every subject imaginable. We guarantee new posts every Monday through Friday and have a list of twenty-three individual scheduled contributors plus several additional occasional posters all of whom have different literary likes and dislikes. We hope to provide something for everyone and will strive to accomplish that goal.

Though Guys Lit Wire has only been up for a short time, there are already reviews of several great books that are sure to be of interest to your young adult students, patrons, or children. Definitely put Guys Lit Wire on your list of blogs to read!

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