A brief snippet of my presentation for today on ways to engage young men in libraries and classrooms:
1) Don’t tiptoe around the issue: address gender differences. Guys and gals are different. They learn and mature at different rates. They’re interested in different stuff. Talk to your kids. Pay…
These tips are fabulous! And she’s right in pointing out that the ya adolescent lit market is currently being run by female readers right now. Even Barnes & Noble has acknowledged this, dividing teen lit into strict “genres” of: teen fiction, teen action & adventure… and teen paranormal romance. There is stuff out there for boys, I know it!
Another thing I’d like to add though, boys looooooove science fiction. Haven’t met a teen boy that didn’t enjoy at least one sci-fi book. So I’d brush up on your sci-fi knowledge if it’s not very good, and checking out famed authors of the genre (Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Neil Gaiman, Robert Heinlein, Neal Stephenson) - all of those authors each have something different completely to offer and I guarantee at least one of them will be exceptionally appealing to an adolescent male reader. For all the flack it gets, a lot of science fiction can be quite deep without your realizing, and would also offer a lot of interesting discussion opportunities.