Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Reading Don't Fix No Chevys

Here's one that was new to me, and you may not have heard of it yet, either.

First of all, what a great title! I learned about this book from an email sent to me recently. It said:

"Max: You may be interested in the best book I've ever read on the subject of boys and literacy: "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys" by Michael W. Smith and Jeffrey D. Wilhelm. The subtitle is "Literacy in the Lives of Young Men" and that pretty much says it all in regards to this book. If you teach young men, are parenting a young man, or if you know any young men, you should read this book. It's a fascinating study of why many young men gravitate away from literacy and how we can change the way young men see themselves and literacy."

I should add that I haven't read the book, don't have a review copy, and my spotlighting it here is simply because of the other positive information that I have gleaned about it. In addition, I'm interested in anything that will help us understand and improve boys' reading habits.

On Amazon, the book gets 5 stars from the 4 reviews that have been posted. Also on Amazon, here's the description:
Product Description

The problems of boys in schools, especially in reading and writing, have been the focus of statistical data, but rarely does research point out how literacy educators can combat those problems.

As that email to me stated, "If you teach young men, are parenting a young man, or if you know any young men..." you might want to look into this book further.

Max Elliot Anderson
Author Web Site


No review copy, nor any financial compensation was provided for this book spotlight.

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