Children’s Book Week, May 7-13, offers a chance to poke around to discover some of what’s happening in the wonderful world of books for children.. The answer is LOTS is happening and a week offers a mere glimpse of some samples.
Guys Read in Hennepin County Library is one of scores of reading promotion initiatives sponsored by area libraries. The HCL site is part of a national drive initiated by children’s author Jon Scieszka. Guys Read is designed to draw attention to boys’ literacy and to motivate adults to help boys read more. Scieszke is the nation’s first children’s laureate, officially called the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
Describing the Guys Read program Scieszka writes:
We can help boys read by letting them choose what they read.expanding our definition of “reading” to include nonfiction, graphic novels, comics, comic strips, humor magazines, newspapers, online text, getting boys to recommend reading they do like to other boys, providing boys with male role models for reading in school and at home.
The national Guys Read website offers these and countless other observations about boys’ reading as well as an extensive list of books that boys read and recommend.
The Guys Read program in Hennepin County Library is made possible by the Library Foundation of Hennepin County with support from Best Buy Children’s Foundation and the Ann and Jack Cole Fund.
For more information about the forty Guys Read sites in the HCL system check the Library’s website.