Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Boys and Literacy

I've recently discovered an excellent blog site that might be of help to you in helping the boys, in your life, to become readers.

Boys and Literacy


Friday, April 18, 2008

"These Books Are Like BEING In An Exciting or Scary Movie"

"These Books Are Like BEING In An Exciting or Scary Movie"
That's what author Max Elliot Anderson consistently hears from young readers.

"I grew up not especially liking to read," Anderson reports. "My life gravitated to things more visual, resulting in the pursuit of film, video, and TV commercial production. Now, those decades of visual production find their way into action-adventures and mysteries that I write today."

Parents, librarians, teachers, and young readers all agree that Anderson's books capture the imagination of even the most reluctant reader, and they're perfect for summer reading.

"This is music to my ears," Anderson said. "Since I didn't like to read, I'm excited about writing books that reach out to kids who might be growing up like I did." Both girls and boys enjoy his books.

Anderson's books reach far beyond reluctant reader boys. Nearly 50 pages of reviews can be found at http://maxbookreviews.blogspot.com

Readers are consistently enthusiastic about his stories. Each book has completely different characters, setting, and plot. "I did this," Anderson said, "so that stories could take place all over the country, with characters who have different personality traits, strengths, and weaknesses.

North Woods Poachers, Mountain Cabin Mystery, Big Rig Rustlers, Secret of Abbott's Cave, and Legend of the White Wolf are ranked by Accelerated Reader, and distributed by Baker and Taylor. Copies can also be ordered on Amazon.com.

The books have been compared by readers and reviewers to Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys, Huck Finn, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Scooby-Doo, Lemony Snicket, and adventure author Jack London.

Additional information can be found at the following web sites -
Author Web Site http://www.maxbooks.9k.com

Saturday, April 05, 2008

This Books for Boys blog was featured this week in the Children's Writing Update

Earlier this week, this blog was featured in the Children's Writing Update newsletter.

>> ITEM 5 - Featured Children's Lit Blog: Books For Boys

In the past couple of years, there's been an explosion in wonderful blogs about children's books and the writing process. Now, in each issue of the Update, we'll profile a unique and helpful blog.
This issue, we highlight Books for Boys, a blog created by author Max Elliot Anderson. The blog focuses on issues and concerns facing today's boys, how to write for them, and how to encourage reluctant readers. Check it out at: