The All Male Review Challenge

I wanted to help spread the word about this challenge, which is hosted by Logan E. Turner and The Unread Reader.  I was just talking to my friend today.  She is a 5th grade teacher and she was telling me how difficult it is to get her boys to read.  They don’t have the patience for books.  She wants them to graduate beyond Captain Underpants, but she is having a hard time finding books that have that “boy appeal” that will keep them engaged in a book.  It’s not enough for the protagonist to be a boy, the book also has to be compelling enough to get these young readers interested enough to keep turning the pages.  I am going to participate in this challenge, and hopefully I can discover some books to send her way.  Middle Grade books are a little too hard for most of her students, but I am more than willing to dive into some chapter books to find some titles for her.  If you have any recommendations for 7 – 8 year olds, please share in the comments.

For more information about The All Male Review Challenge, please visit here or here.  It’s important that we get the word out about this challenge!  You can even win some awesome prize packs for participating!

5 thoughts on “The All Male Review Challenge

  • May 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Oh Julie! Good idea. I have such a hard time getting my little cousin to read. You know what helped a little? I got him a subscription to GameBoy magazine. I know it all about the latest in games and stuff, but he actually gets excited to get a magazine in the mail then read the articles. We even talk about what he read.

    But yes, I’ll be looking for other book recommendations for his age group too.

    Glad you will be taking part in the challenge.

  • May 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Here are some favorite titles of a second grader that I know:
    – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (he’s read all 5 books in the series)
    – Zack Files seires by Dan Greenburg (so far he’s read 18 volumes out of 30 volumes of the series)
    – Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey. He likes any books by Dav Pilkey.
    – Gon (manga)
    – Andrew Lost series by J. C. Greenburg. He read this whole series with his father last summer.
    – Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
    He also told me that one of his classmates also reads “The unfortunate events” volume 1 and 2 so far, even though he’s not interested.

  • May 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    @ Missie – Thanks for hosting! This is a great challenge!

    @badzphoto – thanks for the list!

  • May 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Hi, I have 2 boys, 15 and 11, who are both avid readers. My older boy loved the Deltora series by Emily Rodda. I think there are 3 series of her Deltora books. He also loved the Vampire Plague trilogy, which he is finally passing on to his younger brother. (He is also enjoying it) Also there is a series called the Ranger’s Apprentice. My younger son got hooked on the Guardians of Ga’hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. He told me he was going to keep the books forever, and pass them on to his children. (He has read the series twice (16 books)).

  • May 2, 2011 at 9:07 am

    @Terri – thanks for the excellent suggestions!!

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