Parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians–we need a tool that guides us to the books that will inspire boys to read and keep them coming back for more. Now Kathleen Odean, a former member of the Caldecott and Newbery Award committees and author of the groundbreaking bestseller Great Books for Girls has compiled and annotated a unique collection of more than six hundred books–picture books, novels, mysteries, biographies, sports books, and more–that will fascinate and educate boys. Here are classic characters such as Frog and Toad, Bilbo Baggins, and Encyclopedia Brown; new favorites such as Bingo Brown, Martin the Warrior, and Harry the Dirty Dog; and real-life inspirations such as the Wright brothers, Jackie Robinson, and Jacques Cousteau.
The boys who discover reading from the books in this invaluable volume will witness a wide range of role models–and embark upon an adventure that will fuel their dreams for the rest of their lives.
About Kathleen Odean
Kathleen Odean has been a children’s librarian for seventeen years in schools and public libraries. She is chair of the 2002 Newbery Award Committee and previously served on the Caldecott Award Committee and the American Library Associations’s Notable Children’s Books… More about Kathleen Odean
Odean has done it again! Not only has Kathleen Odean’s name become synonymous with selecting the best literature for girls but her recently published Great Books for Boys has become a favorite of librarians as a measuring rod with which to gage the strength of their collections. Parents should feel confident that in this one volume, librarian Kathleen Odean has gone way beyond recommending the obvious sports classics such of Matt Christopher by including Avi’s Losers and Myers Me , Mop and The Moondance Kid. Humorous titles that are now must reads for boys such as Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Jill Pinkwater’s Buffalo Brenda round out Odean’s recommendations from ghost stories to men and women of history including George Sullivan’s Matthew Brady: his Life and Photographs..
A list of magazines to encourage the aspiring writer to become published and to get to know the great outdoors is appended to the bibliography.
Her titles chosen from a wide range of subjects(poetry, adventure, science, biography) for boys from age 2-14 are guaranteed to hook the interests of any boy and keep him running back to the shelf for more.