Monday, January 02, 2012

Let this be the year when your children become excited about reading.

Will 2012 be the year when your children, especially boys, will become excited readers? I know from experience how difficult it can be for a boy to pick up a book, settle in, and read. That's because boys would much rather be "out there" doing things, not just reading about them. They want action, adventure, and excitement.

It was exactly with those ideas in mind, that I began writing books for readers 8 - 13, especially boys. Most chapters end in such a way as to nearly demand that the reader go on to the next chapter.

Parents, teachers, librarians, and grandparents have written to tell me of their positive experiences with my books and their young readers. That's probably because I bring a lot of the excitement and heart-pounding action and adventure, from years of film and video production, to my books. You can read more about that at

A possible way to get your boys interested is to give them the link to my Youtube videos  
This is where I've brought together my film production world, and my author world in one place.

You say your boy is more into electronic gadgets, video games, and computers? Well, several of my titles are also available on Kindle  

and Nook

There will be a number of exciting announcements this year concerning my books, new releases, short stories, and magazines. Why not subscribe to this blog? Scroll down to the bottom, left.


Lost Island Smugglers

Captain Jack’s Treasure

When The Lights Go Out

North Woods Poachers

Barney And The Runaway

Newspaper Caper

Terror At Wolf Lake- Late January 2012

Legend Of The White Wolf – February 1, 2012

Will 2012 be the year when your children, especially boys, become excited readers? I hope so, and I’ll continue writing new books just for them.


Riane said...

I am one of the very lucky parents. Punishment for my kids is taking away their books. I regularly have to tell them to put down their book and go play.

Mother of 2 boys ages 8 and 10, and a girl age 16

max said...

You are fortunate to have such avid readers.

Anonymous said...

Boys from 8 to 13 has somtimes has such varied interests and maturity, I was wondering if you would ever consider writing for a smaller age group? Our youngest son is 9 and he is so much different from his older brothers that I'm not sure that books that one would read would interest another of my sons if that makes sense?

max said...

Anonymous - I write two short stories per month for younger readers at Knowonder Magazine online. You can take a look at

And the first story, "Willy The Wrong Way Rabbit," is at

Jacquie McTaggart said...

I just finished reading your Newspaper Caper and I love it. I'm anxious to recommend it to intermediate and above teachers who are always looking for books that will "hook" the guys. Newspaper Caper (and I presume all your books) have a big guy look and feel, but the readability and print size make it perfect for struggling and reluctant readers. THANK YOU, Max Elliot Anderson.

max said...

Thank you Jacquie, I appreciate that. Yes, all the books have a similar look and style as Newspaper Caper.
I appreciate your sharing informtion with other teachers. Every little bit helps!