Sullivan’s readers’ advisory for boys

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For Immediate Release
January 19, 2010

CHICAGO – ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “Serving Boys through Readers’ Advisory,” by Michael Sullivan. Sullivan, a widely published author, has drawn on more than 20 years’ experience getting boys interested in reading to offer his first readers’ advisory volume. With an emphasis on nonfiction and the boy-friendly categories of genre fiction, the book offers a wealth of material including

· Suggestions for how to booktalk one-on-one as well as in large groups

· Methods of performing indirect readers’ advisory by working with parents or teachers

· Lists of great authors for boys in the various genres and more than 500 recommended books

· Lists of read-alikes as well as titles to offer a boy in place of a book he did not like or would not read

Hundreds of suggested titles, booktalks and lists can be found throughout this useful new resource.

Sullivan is the author of “Connecting Boys With Books” (American Library Association, 2003), “The Fundamentals of Children’s Service” (American Library Association, 2005), “Connecting Boys With Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap” (American Library Association, 2009), the Escapade Johnson series of children’s books and the juvenile fantasy “The Sapphire Knight” (Publishing Works, 2009). He has spoken widely on the topics of boys and reading, library administration and the future of public libraries. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, Mass. He has won a U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Award and the Mom’s Choice Award for juvenile fiction and was the 1998 New Hampshire Librarian of the Year. Sullivan earned his master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College.

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