Get boys interested in reading!

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For Immediate Release

January 6, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, is pleased to announce the release of the new title: “Connecting Boys with Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap” by Michael Sullivan. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, Sullivan shows how to reinvigorate the sense of excitement that boys felt when they first heard a picture book being read aloud.

In his hugely successful "Connecting Boys with Books" (2003), Sullivan delved into the problem that reading skills of pre-adolescent boys lag behind those of girls in the same age group. In this companion book, Sullivan digs even deeper, melding his own experiences as an activist with perspectives gleaned from other industry experts to help you

  • Learn about the books that boys love to read
  • Uncover the signs that point to the reading gap
  • Find creative new programming ideas to match boys’ interests
  • Establish a strategic blueprint for boys and reading

Michael Sullivan (MLS, Simmons, 1999) has been a children's librarian and library director in public libraries for 12 years. He is currently director of the Weeks Public Library in Greenland, NH. He has written several articles for Public Libraries, including "Giving Them What They Want in Small Public Libraries." (May/June 2000) He is a traveling storyteller and a chess instructor. His chess program at the Parlin Memorial Library in Everett, Massachusetts was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award in the U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Award competition in 2001. He is a former president of the New Hampshire Library Association and was the 1998 New Hampshire Librarian of the Year.

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