Getting Boys to Read: Seeing Your Library Through a Guy’s Eyes

SPONSORED BY: ABDO Publishing and School Library Journal
EVENT DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET/12:00 – 1:00 PM PT

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Ever help a guy find food in the refrigerator? In this fun and informative webinar, you’ll discover how some everyday observations – like that time you maybe helped a guy find the mayo that was right in the front of the fridge – are really vital clues for thinking about getting boys to read in your library.

In addition to the fun, the serious side of the topic will be addressed, including why the gap between boys’ and girls’ reading levels is a major concern among health experts and educators, and why the vast majority of reluctant readers are boys. Attendees will learn some tips to promote and support genres that boys like, including comic books, graphic novels, sports, and nonfiction, as well as some ideas for creating reading role models and communities for boys grades K-12. If you want ways to get books in the hands of your guys – and take a different look at how we think about getting boys to read – this session will inspire you.

Panelists include author and education writer Richard Whitmire and graphic novels reviewer and librarian M. Brandon Robbins. The webcast will feature information on the March 2010 Center on Education Policy report on the reading gap for boys, a “Comic Books & Literacy” research compilation, a white paper called “Football Literacy” on how sports have a greater reach than ever among young boys, and related research and materials.


Dan Verdick – Vice President of Marketing & Communications, ABDO Publishing

Dan Verdick is an author and library speaker who has led sessions at dozens of district- and state-level meetings across the US, including the CSLA (California), FAME (Florida), Minneapolis Public Schools, Atlanta Public Schools, Dallas ISD, New York Public Schools, the AZLA, NVLA, and more. He’s been featured on the NBC Today Show and in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Dan is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for educational publisher ABDO Publishing Group. He and his wife live in a suburb of Saint Paul with their two school-age readers.

Richard Witmire – Author, The Achievable Dream: College Board Lessons on Creating Great School (The College Board)

Richard Whitmire, a veteran newspaper reporter and former editorial writer at USA Today, is the author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Education System That’s Leaving Them Behind (Amacom, 2010, now in paperback), and The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District (Jossey-Bass, 2011).  In June, 2012, his latest book, co-authored with Gaston Caperton, was released. Called The Achievable Dream: College Board Lessons on Creating Great Schools (The College Board), the book contains stories that provide hope for the future through specific lessons of educational success that can be replicated in schools across the country – featuring students, parents, educators, policy-makers and communities. His commentaries appear frequently in publications including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Whitmire is a former president of the National Education Writers Association.


M. Brandon Robbins – Reference Librarian and Teen Service Coordinator, Wayne County Public Library (NC)

M. Brandon Robbins is a Reference Librarian and Teen Services Coordinator at Wayne County Public Library in Goldsboro, NC. He reviews graphic novels for Library Journal, he also writes the Games, Gamers, and Gaming column for Library Journal. A lifelong fan of comic books and superheroes, Brandon also works at his friendly local comic shop, Heroes Are Here, and handles collection development for graphic novels at his library.

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