Author: Robin Rivera
Robin trained as a professional historian and worked as a museum curator, an educator and historical consultant. She writes dark young adult fiction, with diverse characters. She's currently querying a novel, and working on two new manuscripts that started off as NaNoWriMo projects. You can follow her on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/robin.rivera.90813) or on Twitter @robinrwrites. However, Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/RRWrites/) is where her inner magpie is happiest of all.
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14 thoughts on “Books and Boys”
Hi, this is so interesting. Thank you! I had a fun experiment with my 2 grandchildren, ages six (granddaughter) and eight (grandson) at the library. My granddaughter went nuts over all the “princess” books (no surprise), but my grandson kept saying he wanted ‘real’ books only. I took him over to the nonfiction section and he discovered ‘boy heaven’. I think he took home seven books that day. Subjects were all over the map!
You are so right, kids know what they like. We adults just need to learn to listen. This is the message I wanted people to get, let boys drive their reading picks. If they only want to read non-fiction let them! It’s all about building those skills and they’re going to practice more if they like what their reading. Thank you for dropping by, I love hearing about kids who want to read.
My soon always had trouble reading. He processed slow. If on the rare occasion he liked a book it took him a while to finish but I was so proud. Then came fixing cars with his dad so I bought auto magazines and popular mechanics. He read the driver manual for a book report. 🙂 excellent post!
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I’m gonna have to go with the boys on what makes a cool girl/heroine. So true for me in what I read too! lol
Happy A to Z-ing!
herding cats & burning soup.
Two of my students are boys in 5th and 7th grade, and they are avid readers. They make me very happy as a teacher as they always come to class wanting to talk about the books they’ve read. What’s even better, they are reading many of the books I read when I was young. Recently they requested that we do reading assignments in class, and I’m more than happy to oblige them.
I agree, getting boys to read is all about appealing to their interests and setting the example that reading is a worthwhile hobby to have. Great post!
Thank you! I started working with boy readers many years ago and I’m with you always thrilled when I see one who loves to read. Having wonderful teachers who understand their challenges and are willing to be flexible is a huge help. Keep up the good work. Thanks again for dropping by. Robin
This was great, I agree, they’re a sadly overlooked audience. They’ve special requirements as you said but not impossible to meet! Thanks for the post!
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Hi Andrea, Boys are overlooked, I think in part because their needs scare writers off. But the writers that make the effort win loyal fans. Please thank the whole A to Z Challenge crew for us, we are loving taking part in this process. And yes, we know our posts are a tad long, and we’re working on it. I’ll swing by your blog today and check it out. Thanks again, Robin
We’ll, I’m not an author and I don’t have tween boys…but I’ll be passing this info onto my friends who do have boys! I’ve always loved reading and love seeing the next generation immersed in a good book!
Hi, This is just what boys need, an network of adults that care and are willing to encourage them to read. Thanks so much for reading my post and for the comments. Robin
I don’t write YA but one day I hope to, so this post had a lot of good information in it. I’m bookmarking it for future use. 🙂
Glad you liked the post. We tend to do a lot of stuff on YA writing. Heather (our Monday blogger) has a number of topics lined up for the A to Z challenge.
Good luck with the writing projects, and the A to Z posts.
Loved this info and tweeted it for all to see! As a mid-grade author, this was gospel!
Hi Alfred, I’m glad to see some MG writers stopping in today. I love MG readers, it’s where a lifelong reader takes root and blooms. Thanks for dropping in. A-Z challenge is amazing.