This was too good to leave for tomorrow.
Slate (did you figure out by now I really like Slate?) has an article about boys liking girl books.
The author, Emily Bazelon, is concerned for her boys. Two things concern her: the first is "the recent fretting that boys are laggard readers" and the second is that "boys don't like to read about girls" and are thus being pushed by teachers and librarians into reading books about boys.
It's quite a funny read. Bazelon explores why boys eventually stop reading and thinks it has to do with librarians--being mostly women--directing boys to stories rather than also directing them to nonfiction, humor and books with diagrams.
One of the important thing, she notes, is for boys to see their father reading.
I remember Benjamin had something about this not too long ago as well with J.K. Rowling using initials to hide the fact that she's a woman author.
Categories: reading, books, literature