Inviting Aliterate Boys to Read: The Slippery Slope of Recommending Books

Recommending books to boys seems like it should be pretty straightforward.

1. A boy needs a book to read.

2. A parent asks an expert other—teachers/librarians/reading specialist—or book recommendations or reads blogs/articles/books touting the best books for boys.

3. A parent gets said book(s) for the boy and shares it with him.

4. The boy reads the book(s).

But, as many parents figure out (and teachers too), recommending a book to a boy is not so straightforward, especially step 4: The boy reads the book(s).

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